Vernon C. Smith

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Rear Admiral and Reverend Vernon Charles Smith, 88, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on August 10, 2018.

Vern was born on November 6, 1929, to Elwood & Grace Smith, in Bay City, Michigan. He was one of 12 children growing up on a small farm in Midland. It was here that he met Kathryn St. Louis, who in 7th grade became his on again off again sweetheart. The two married in November 1950.

He entered the Navy in 1947 and was commissioned in 1956 after graduating from the Seaman – to – Admiral program.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (6 awards), the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V (3 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Good Conduct Medal (2 awards) as well as the National Order of the Cedar from the Lebanese government.

In his own words, his naval career was "a wonderful experience from a kid who could not swim to an Admiral in charge of the whole thing."

In May of 2007, Vern joined a long line of ministers in his family after graduating from Liberty University Bible Institute. He was ordained at SonRise Christian Church.

Vern leaves behind a legacy of faith, family and love. He is survived by his wife of nearly 68 years, Kathryn, their three children, Michael (Cheryl), Cathy Bandy and Steve (Cathy). He also leaves behind 9 adult grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Vern's Life will be held at SonRise Christian Church, 600 Independence Blvd. VA Beach, VA 23462 on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:00 am. Pastor Steven Smith Sr. will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SonRise Christian Church, The Smith Memorial Fund.

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Published in Midland Daily News on Sept. 3, 2018
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