Happy Birthday Bill! I remember your birthday at Camp Victory Iraq in Nov of 2008. You totally enjoyed your birthday cake and gifts. It was fun watching you open the gifts. You had such a good time and had us laughing as always by the end of the party. The gift you gave me that day was a gift of happy memories! I will never be able to thank you enough. Best wishes to your family. With Love, Kari
So sorry for the loss of Bill. He was a great guy and military officer. Got to reconnect with Bill before my last deployment last year. He was also my TAC Officer at the Alabama Military Academy Class 32. Your family is in my prayers during this difficult time.
LTC Ray Sartain (Redstone Arsenal, AL)
You will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing you. God will bless you and your Family. One thing death does not take away is the memories and there are many.
I thank God for the privilege of knowing and serving with Bill. He was a true patriot and a great man. We will all miss his friendly smile, his genuine care and concern and his hard work. Many thanks to his family for sharing him with his ASC family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers! from an old Alexandria Valley Cub to a great Saks Wildcat
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of such a great person. I only knew Bill for a short time, but came to enjoy his company and valued his friendship greatly. During training at Rock Island, he was a running buddy and a morale booster for every one of us in the final training before heading overseas. I know that I am not alone is missing hm, and my prayers are with his entire family. The world was a much better place with him in it, and he helped us all see the funny things in even the most mundane. He was a good person. Greg Smith, Lacey, WA
"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the World remains and is immortal"
By Albert Pike
The way I see it, Bill remains and is immortal for all he has done for others and the World. In the few years I was able to share in his life's journey, he changed mine forever. I have never met anyone like Bill. He was a game changer, always present in the moment. He cared deeply for everyone he met wheter he knew them well or not. He was able to connect to people and events making even the seemingly insignificant important. He could make sense of Chaos. He was fearless. He was the one selected for the toughest missions and with his sense of humor and leadership was able to create success. He is a true Hero and my life is blessed for being a witness to his, always wondering what he was going to say or do next. I kept a list of quotes he frequently used. He always seemed to be able to remember them at just the right moment.
"It is what it is."
"I want to be value added."
"It's not who you are...it is what you did."
"Use your powers for good, not evil."
"Even a styrofoam peanut serves a purpose."
"You gotta be somewhere."
"Listen to understand not to respond."
"If you are going to be dumb...you better be tough."
"Cherish those who support you and crush those who sabotuge you."
"What is the "So What?"
"If you live in the past, what do you need the future for?"
Thankyou Connie, Josh, and Michelle for sharing your husband and father with the World so he could make it a better place for us all.
Kari St. John
In the workplace, Bill paired diligence with a practical, down-to-earth mindset that is truly rare and inspired me to work on those qualities in myself. Add that to his timely sense of humor and you have one of the best leaders and friends I've ever had the privilege of working with. Praying for family and friends as we mourn the loss of Bill but also celebrate his life and the ways he made each of us better persons.
We know that no words can help ease the
pain and loss that they must be feeling. Bill and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. He will always be remembered by those of us with whom he served. Great guy and our
Peace, prayers and blessings are with them.
I am truly heartbroken by the sudden loss, but I am honored for the time we spent together and to have been able to call him my friend. My deepest sympathy to his family as we keep you in our prayers.
Bill, God Speed on your final journey. You will be missed. I appreciate the friendship, mentorship and humor you provided while we prepared for our LOGCAP mission in 2010. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and his family.
Dear Connie, Joshua and Michelle,
My deepest condolences and prayers at this time. Bill made Entebbe a better place by his good nature and warm personality and he will be missed by many. God Bless.
A "Warrior Spirit" is born, Bill, as in life and now in Spirit, is the epitome of a southern gentleman, a loving husband and father and a true friend. He shared his charm and humor across the globe and I am a better person by having known him. He knew no stranger and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. Bill has touched thousands of lives across the 7 continents in his 50 years and has made this world a better place to live.
He will be missed; however, we all will see him again. Take comfort in knowing on a clear night Bill will be that bright star in the sky shinning down upon us; and during the stormy weather, I will look up and see his smiling face and just know he must have just told another of his wild and lovable tales in the way only Bill could...because he has the whole Heavenly Hosts on high laughing so hard the clouds are rumbling and their tears are falling from the sky.
Bill you have earned your wings by your actions in the life you lead...Our Heavenly Father must have a special mission in store that takes a special smile and southern charm.
We love and miss you and rejoice in the day we are together again for eternity.
Jim, Cindy and the boys
I only worked with Bill for a short time. During this time, always was willing to assist in anything you asked him. He was a man of the highest caliber and I will surely miss him. I was proud to not only professionally, but also as a friend. He will be missed
We were friends immediately! It is truly my honor to have been considered his friend. In the short time Bill and I worked together, I felt a life-long kinship.
Bill's incredibly unique personality, compassion and empathy, passion for life, love of his family, humor, and humility are what made him special. He changed the dynamics in a room immediately and made it more amiable and memorable. He was amazingly resilient no matter the challenge!
He coached me to better understand others, situations, and circumstance - he made me a better person.
Bill's last personal message to me:
"...Understand there is a change in the works for you - good for you, bad for us...gonna miss you brother..."
Bill, WE'RE gonna miss you, brother!
Connie, Josh, and Michelle take comfort in the fact that Bill ALWAYS and fondly spoke of you and loved you! May God bless you and watch over you.
Bill, words can't sufficiently express what a profound impression your honest and folksy wisdom made on me, both from afar, and in person. You left behind a remarkable legacy, as evidenced by the many heartfelt comments left by those you touched. God bless you and your family, and thanks again.
Bill will be missed by all he has touched, Friend, Mentor and Great American. I had the privilege of working with him and will always cherish our time together both on and off the job. He was always one to do things with 100% of his capability; you could always count on him. He pushed me hard last December during the Reindeer Ramble. I know he is up there looking down on us along with his fellow brothers-in-arms. Bill and his family are in our prayers during this time of sorrow. All the Way!
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Bill was a kind and gentle man; he will be missed greatly.
Jesus said to his disciples: 'Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.' Thomas said to him, 'Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?' Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
You will always be miss Bill, may god be with you always. The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.
Bill, my friend, my brother in arms, I am honored beyond expression, or diction to have walked with you through time and circumstance, to which you gave yourself with temperate will, with vigor of emotions, and a freshness of the deep springs of life, you, my friend had an appetite for challenge over the love of ease, and in success of challenges gone by, modesty in victory, no bells shall toll on our memories, watered by tears in the now, for they will be coaxed and caressed by the smiles of yesterday.
Connie, Josh and Michele, know that Bill has left footprints on the hearts of so many across the globe, which attests to his kind nature and purity of his soul, be comforted to know that what he brought to us in the flesh, he now wields in the house of our Father in the great Kingdom of the great beyond, we did not lose Bill, we gained an angel!
Eddie and Veronica
" Bill was a stranger to none, and a friend to all." You will be truly missed. I won't say Good-bye, I say until." May the Lord wrap his arms around Bill's family and keep them safe.
My deepest sympathy goes to the family of this remarkable man. I met Bill when he first came to LOGCAP for a deployment and my life was made better for it. He was a great person, mentor and friend. Bill will be sorely missed by all that had the blessing to know him.
One of the nicest guys I have ever met.
It was truly a great treat to see Bill this past Wednesday at Fort Belvoir. We had dinner,laughed and joked about our tour in Iraq. My prayers are with his family as they mourne his passing. Bill is with the Honor Guards in Heaven. He will be missed but the memories will never be forgotten. May God Blees his Family.
Bill, you were a terrific person and friend. When we met in Iraq you were the one with e positive attitude and smile. You walked with me during the Breast Cancer walk in Taji and it was then I knew I had a kindred spirit with you. Thank you for being you!
To The Family of William C. Smith, I am truly sorry for your loss, I had the opportunity to serve with Bill in Iraq on the LOGCAP Program and can honestly say that he was a hard worker and knew how to have fun when the time presented itself.
Jan 9, 2013, while Bill was attending class at Fort Belvoir VA, Jay, Brittany and I had a wonderful dinner together, never would I have thought that would of been my last time seeing or speaking with Bill.
My Friend, you will never be forgotten and truly missed. My GOD Bless you as you enter into his Kingdom and My GOD Bless your Family at this most difficult time.
Bill you were a good man!!! We had a lot of good times in Iraq. I will truly miss you.
I pray GOD will bless and take care of your family.
A man of few words and a Big Heart… Bill will be missed by all that knew him, a true colleague and friend. The Army Sustainment Command, Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) Family has loss a hero. I was told as a young man it isn't how long a man live, but how he lived his life as a man. Bill, I believe did what he enjoyed and truly loved his family… “O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. Do not bring your servant into judgment for no one living is righteous before you…Psalm 143, v: 1-2”
The world has lost a true coach and mentor, someone who lived the Army values of Selfless service and integrity. Bill took his work seriously but not himself. He could always find the humor in any situation. It was a privilege to work with him at the 87th DIV in Birmingham and then at Rock Island and in Iraq. Truly one of the "good guys" and someone who has left this world too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with Bill's family during this difficult time.
My sweet daddy was a special man. As busy as he stayed with all of his interests and all of the work he did, he still had time to be the best dad in the world. I love him with all my heart and will miss him every second until he meets me at Heaven's Gate.
General Garrison, my father, had the honor of being a sometimes mentor to Billy during his military career. The best tribute I can think of is that Dad thought he was a great soldier. I followed Billy's blog for the last year or so and what an exciting life! We talked of getting together for a bike ride, (shared passion), when he got back in the area. Wish it had happened...
Words alone cannot describe your loss. Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt condoloences. Bill's service was extraordinary in all aspects. On behalf of all in the Operations Center for ASC at Rock Island thanks for the commitment to excellence and service to a grateful nation. Bill made a difference.
You were more than just a brother. I miss you, I love you
And thank God for our time on earth together
Connie and Josh-
I am so SORRY for your loss. Yogie (Bill) was an AWESOME Man and Friend. I loved this man as though he was like my own father. May God give you (Yogi) comfort in heaven as well as your family here on earth. RIP my Friend! "YOU ARE LOVED" We'll miss you, but you'll never be forgotten! Run Like the Wind Son....
Love Always- Chad Veryzer
I will miss you my Friend. I pray God will bless you and your Family during this difficult time.
Bill -- you were a true warrior and will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing you-- enjoyed our time together in Iraq, in particular, your sage advice on how to survive as LOGCAP OPS Chief -- thoughts and prayers are with your family -- ESSAYONS!
Colonel, AUS (retired)
Connie and Josh,
I am truly sorry for your loss, Bill was a wonder man and will be missed terrible.
I love you dad and I miss you more than you could ever imagine.