SMITH Jr., Sylvester|
Two months ago, Sylvester Smith, Jr, 67, a resident of Austin, Texas departed this life on Sunday, January 5, 2014. He was born August 11, 1946 and was from St. Louis, MO. Services were held on January 11, 2014 at Archway Memorial Chapel in Hazelwood, MO. Internment was held on January 13, 2014 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.
He was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War where he earned the National Defense Service Medal & the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars & one Overseas Bar. He retired from the St. Louis Airport Police Dept. as a Lieutenant after 31 years of service.
He was involved with many not-for-profit organizations & was a 33rd degree Mason. As an avid runner & victorious athlete, he competed internationally at events such as the International Police and Fire Olympics & the World Police and Fire Games. Always a constant entertainer, he enjoyed dancing, & making people laugh.
He left many people to cherish his legacy & memories, including Mother: Deborah Hatchett; Children: Delia (Jim) Brewster, Sylvester III (Kayla) Smith, Lester (Dawn) Smith, & Bryan (Livnat) Smith; Brothers: Dwight, Michael, & Frederick; Sisters: Rochelle, Elaine, Vanessa, & Sherri; Grandchildren: Dean, Lena, Rashad, Hayvn, Shyla, & Lester Jr.; & many nieces, nephews, & friends. He was preceded in death by his father Marshall Hatchett, brother Charles Cole, & Sylvester Smith, Sr.
Words cannot explain the difficulty & pain we are going through since you left. You were our role model, our hero, & everything that a father could & should be to his children. You have done so much for us throughout our lives & always made us feel like we were important. We take comfort knowing that you are resting in peace but your presence here is greatly missed. You will always be in our hearts & on our minds. We love you always & forever.
Love, Delia, Sylvester, Lester, & Bryan
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6, 2014