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Orbie “Papa” Harmon Smith

1930 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Orbie “Papa” Harmon Smith Obituary

Orbie "Papa" Harmon Smith died peacefully at home in his sleep after battling cancer on the morning of August 22, 2014. Smith was 83.

Orbie is survived by his wife, Terry V. Smith, of Alamogordo; children, Debbie Moreau, Janet Patten, LeAnne Sims, Hershell Smith, Gena Peterson, 13 Grandchildren, and 7 Great Grandchildren; siblings, Harold Smith, of Munford, Ala.

He is preceded in death by his parents Leo Aubrey Smith, Permelia Harmon, of Munford, Ala.; two brothers Larry Smith and Hershel Smith, his son Mark Smith of Anniston, Ala., and his great-granddaughter Kash MacCarley of Roanoke, Ala.

Orbie was born on Dec. 20, 1930, in Talladega, Ala., to Leo Aubrey Smith and Permelia Harmon. He attended Munford High School, and then his parents signed for him to join the U.S. Navy at the young age of 17. He served in the Korean War working as an airplane mechanic, which spawned his passion for aviation. His marriage of 44 years to Terry V. Baggett began in 1970, in Winter-haven, Calif. He retired from Gallo Wines in 1985, working as Manager of Distribution and Warehousing for the Southern California Division. Orbie's hobbies included aviation, cattle ranching, plumbing, carpentry and gardening.
Orbie became an accomplished recreational pilot, owning and flying several airplanes throughout his life. While living in Glenns Ferry, Idaho, he shared and showcased his exceptional aircraft mechanics with family by building a kit airplane (RV8) in his spare time.
After his retirement he changed his focus to building things. He built two homes, one in Alabama, and then one in Oklahoma. He looked forward to everyday as he worked on his many projects. His attention to detail was appreciated by everyone he came in contact with. He loved using his carpentry and plumbing expertise by building many projects for friends and family. He was especially proud of installing an energy efficient geothermal air conditioner complete with custom ducts. He also just recently built a hydroponic greenhouse, which he referred to as "the Garden of Eden." He spent many of his last days in the Garden of Eden amazed at how well the tomato plants were growing.
Orbie was born into a generation of men who showed their love by providing for their families. He taught his children the value of hard work as he emphasized the importance of working hard for things wanted and needed. His served as a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His church service exemplified his Christ like love for anyone lucky enough to become an acquaintance. His hard work and dedication provided his family and his loved ones much more than money alone could afford.
May the sky be always blue, the weather always fair. To a man who knows no strangers, and so he will be truly missed.

A funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 1 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church. Gerald Williams will conduct the service. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Orbie's life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Orbie's favorite charity Wounded Warrior Project or online at

The family would like to thank Gerald Champion Cancer Center and M.D. Anderson for their loving dedication, efforts and gentle care.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 26 to Sept. 25, 2014
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