Homer Austin Smith

Oct 9, 1931 – Apr 10, 2011


Friday, October 9th 1931
Sunday, April 10th 2011


TUSCALOOSA Homer Austin Smith, age 79, of Tuscaloosa, died April 10, 2011, at home. A memorial service will be 1 p.m. today, April 15, 2011, at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Ken Dunivant officiating and Heritage Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations, a Dignity Memorial Provider,...

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Georgie Collins - your husband Don was my senior cabin counselor. Small world, many happy memories.

Not likely to see the likes of such a man again. Homor was truly unique.

First met him at a small boy's camp in Minnesota. Watched him running speed and power drills on the field before breakfast - thought then that he was marked for greatness. I was right. Wish I had kept in touch with him as he took a personal interest in me back then.

I did follow his career/life. Only just found of his passing. Rest well Homor.

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

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...

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...

Absolutely the best! Fond memories of Coach Smith's time at Air Force. A true genius...and gentleman.

Colonel Dave Nuss, USAFA '63

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.

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...

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,...