Thomas "Drew" Smith passed away peacefully at his home on November 27, 2021, in Lafayette, IN. He was 100 years old. Drew was born October 23, 1921, in Early Branch, South Carolina. After completing his education, he proudly served his country as a Radioman, First Class in the United States Navy during WWII from 1940-1946. He married Thelma Rose Bailey on August 12, 1945, who preceded him in death in 1971. He later married Opal Bailey in 1974, who preceded him in death in 2018. Drew worked as an HVAC Specialist for Sage & Co. for 32 years and then for A-Z Sheet Metal for 15 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion Post 11, the Sheet Metal Union Local #20, and was a faithful member of the Grace United Methodist Church. Drew had many joys in life. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family most of all.
Drew is survived by his children, Cynthia (Thomas) Clifford and Cathy Smith; stepchildren, Craig (Cindy) Bailey and Kevin Bailey; grandchildren Amy (Nathan) Hill, Jill (David) Heinzen and Melissa Clifford (Cory Hack); and 8 great grandchildren. Drew was preceded in death by his three brothers and three sisters.
The family wants to express thanks to Angels Senior Home Solutions and Elara Caring Hospice Services for their support and care to Drew and his family.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm on Friday, December 3, 2021, at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens Funeral Chapel with service at 12:45 pm. Burial with full military honors to follow the service. Memorial contributions may be made in Drew's memory to the Grace United Methodist Church.
Published by Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, Funeral & Cremation Services from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2021.