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Duron Smith

Duron Lewis "Smitty" Smith, 100, a resident of Wetumpka, departed from this world on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

Visitation will be on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at White Chapel Greenwood in Montgomery, at 10:00AM, followed by Funeral Services at 12 Noon With Rev. Winston Brooks officiating and White Chapel directing.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth Puanani Smith, his parents, Alto and Bessie Smith, and Sisters Waunette (Bernice) McLaney, and Nell (Lehmon) Shields.

He is survived by his 2 sons, Craig (Valerie) Smith and Keith (Robin) Smith; brother, Lamar (Rebecca) Smith; 4 grandchildren, Katie (Leroy) Campbell, Kimberly (Daniel) Coltey, Clay (Chanise) Smith, Chelsea Smith, and 3 great-grandchildren, Addison Campbell, Anna Campbell, and Claire Smith.

Pallbearers will be Clay Smith, Leroy Campbell, Daniel Coltey, Roger Smith, Phil Shields, Dale Coon, Kyle Coon, and Jeremy Coon.

Born in South Alabama, Smitty proudly served in the Army during WWII in the Pacific Theater, achieving the rank of Staff Sargent. After the War, he settled in Honolulu, Hawaii where he and his family resided until his retirement from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1974. After retirement, he and his family moved to Montgomery, Alabama, and later to Wetumpka, Alabama until his death.

One of the highlights of his later years was to participate (with his brother Lamar, a WWII veteran of the European Theater) in the Honor Flight program which recognized WWII veterans for their sacrifices in WWII. They flew out of Montgomery to Washington, DC with a planeload of other WWII Vets, where Duron and Lamar's personal tour guide was Lt. Colonel Joseph Lewis. They visited the WWII Monument as well as other important monuments, and were visited by several dignitaries, including Senator Bob Dole.

Growing up in the Horse and Buggy days, he was enthralled by Air Travel, Space Travel, and personal computers, with which he stayed connected with Friends, Family, and the World. He spent many hours daily in front of the computer until his death at age 100.

Smitty will be remembered for his humor, patience, his love for his family and friends, his Libertarian Ideology, and his love of Technology.

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Funeral Home

White Chapel-Greenwood Funeral Home
909 Lincoln Road Montgomery, AL 36109
(334) 272-3181

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on May 15, 2014
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