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February 18, 2014
Kathy,
I'm so sorry to read about Homers death. I have thought about how much fun we had in Ft. Smith a million times. I found you on Google and decided I don't have your number but I would love for you to call me. Larry died in 1999 so I have been a widow for almost 15 years. I would love to hear from you!!
Love Janie Cotton
1-405-751-3336
April 19, 2012
Dear Kathy and family,
I was so saddened to read of Homer's death. I will never forget my first meeting with him, in Terry Donahue's office, at UCLA. My husband, Don Collins, had told me all of the Camp Vermillion stories, so meeting him was such a thrill for me. A year or so later you, Homer, Don and I all had lunch together in Santa Monica. It was a dream come true for Don to be with Homer again, swapping stories and laughing.
It is one year, almost to the day, that Homer died and I hope, for you, that the healing process is softening your loss.
Georgie Collins- Atienza (Guadalajara) Spain
May 12, 2011
Dear Kathy,

I heard from our friend Eric Jones that Homer passed away. I was so sorry to learn the sad news. I had only recently learned of his illness.

What a special person Homer was and what a fine life he lived. You will not be surprised to learn that the phone lines are busy with Homer’s many friends calling each other to talk of our respect and affection for him.

Joyce and I are thinking about you and your family during what has to be a terribly tough time.
May 11, 2011
Absolutely the best! Fond memories of Coach Smith's time at Air Force. A true genius...and gentleman.

Colonel Dave Nuss, USAFA '63
April 30, 2011
My deepest sumpathy to Coach Smith's loved ones. I met him after an Army-Penn State football game in '76. I admired his writing skills, and have given several copies of his novel, "A Game to Play" to friends. May your faith bring you solace.
April 24, 2011
Dear Mrs. Smith,
I was so saddened when my son Rob
informed me of Homer's death. Rob thought so much of Coach Smith. He not only taught him more football than he could ever remember but he taught him how to be a better person. Rob would come back to San Antonio on holidays telling Patricia and me "Homer Smith stories". Patricia and I will always remember the Rose Bowl in 1994 against Wisconson. The team trip to Disneyland with you and Coach Smith was a wonderful opportunity to get to know you. We loved Homer because he always made us feel confortable when we talked to him. He gave our son the opportunity to attend UCLA on scholarship where he made life-long friends and played under Homer's brilliant tutledge. We will always remember him as a great friend, an humble and honorable man, and a player's coach.
April 24, 2011
Dear Kathy & Family:
Homer Smith was one of a kind. To me he was the professor. Not only did he teach the game, but he studied it with such passion and creativity. He is arguably the finest teacher of QB's who has ever graced the game of football. Homer was also a very humble individual who never boasted or took credit for his innovative offense or for his calling a touchdown play, he always lauded his players for any success. First and foremost, Homer was a gentlemen. One time, he invited me to Tuscaloosa to see my first Alabama game and to attend a reunion of one his Alabama teams afterwards at his home. Little did I know he gave me his tickets to the game and I sat in his seats. Homer would give the shirt off his back to a friend. He cared more for others than for himself. He will never be forgotten.
April 24, 2011
Dear Mrs. Smith, My deepest sympathy for the passing of a great man that I had an opportunity to meet a couple of times. He played sports for my father at Benson High and my father admired him. I had the opportunity to spend some time with my father and Homer at Air Force. He will be dearly missed. He was a great mentor. Ed Orcutt (Omaha)
April 24, 2011
Dear Mrs. Smith, My deepest sympathy for the passing of a great man that I had an opportunity to meet a couple of times. He played sports for my father at Benson High and my father admired him. I had the opportunity to spend some time with my father and Homer at Air Force. He will be dearly missed. He was a great mentor. Ed Orcutt (Omaha)
April 23, 2011
Homer Smith will be memorialized in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday May 14th. His ashes will be interred that morning at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery next to his parents, brothers, and sister. At 2:00 pm we will hold a service at Countryside Community Church with a reception at the church following. Countryside is at 87th and Pacific. Two of his high school friends and a cousin will be speaking, as well as Dr. Elnes, the pastor of the church. For those of you who plan to be there, we look forward to seeing you.
Kathy, Kim, & Cari

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