Alfred C. "Al" Smith, 77, passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Graveside service: 11 a.m. Friday in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Biggers Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for the research of Alzheimer's, the North Texas Humane Society or the Lake Worth Area Historical Society. Al was born in Galena, Kan., and was raised and attended schools in Blackjack and Riverton, Kan. He graduated from high school in Galena in 1953 and then entered the U.S. Army
, serving in Germany, Greenland and Alaska. In 1963 he entered helicopter pilot training and graduated as a warrant officer. Flying helicopters in Vietnam in 1965-1966, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star
and numerous air medals. He was honorably discharged in 1967 as a chief warrant officer. Later, he flew for the Tennessee Valley Authority, owned and operated a grocery store and worked as a sales representative prior to becoming one of the first civilian helicopter pilots for the city of Fort Worth. He retired as the Fort Worth Police Department chief pilot and division commander in 1993. For the last 13 years of his career with the police department, he was a reserve police officer
for Fort Worth. Since their marriage in 1977, he and his wife, Karen, resided in Lakeside, where he also held volunteer jobs as a city councilman, lay municipal judge and road commissioner. He held memberships in the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, Airborne Law Enforcement Association, the Fort Worth Police Officers Association, the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, the Lake Worth Area Historical Society and the Lake Worth Boating and Ski Club. Al was preceded in death by his father and mother, Allen and Edith Smith; sister, Evelyn Barnes, and brothers, Don Smith and C. Allen Smith. Survivors: Wife, Karen Reddick Smith of Lakeside; mother-in-law, Mary Lou Reddick of Lake Worth; brother, Orval Smith and wife, Rosia, of Galena, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.