Horace M. “Smitty” Smith passed away peacefully at his home in St. Augustine Florida on August 19th, 2023, surrounded by his wife and family. Smitty is survived by his loving wife Lindsey Calhoun Smith; his children Richard H. Smith, Robin L. Shaw (Kent), Roger E. Smith (Monica), Renee Smith Mader (Michael), Rhonda Smith Welz (Eric), Robert Fulton (Janet) and Ryan Whelan (Kyung-Ah); his grandchildren Jessica, Ben, Mark, Randall, Kyle, Landry, Cohen, Zachary, Tia (Kyle), Ella, Zoe, Olivia, Andrew, Anne and Abby; and his great grandchildren Mikylie, Gabrielle, Aubrey, Fisher and Atlas. He is also survived by his favorite cousin Donna Smith Wood. He is preceded in death by his parents Harvey E Smith and Lillie Morrison Smith, brother James Mack Smith, son Russell C. Smith, granddaughter Sophia Caroline Mader and Sister-in-Law Anne Calhoun.
LTC Smith joined the United States Army as an Infantry Soldier in 1956 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1960, serving both as an Army Aviator and later as an Adjutant General’s Corps Officer. LTC Smith served a tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam, earning multiple awards, including two Distinguished Flying Cross Medals, Legion of Merit, 2 Bronze Star Medals, 23 Air Medals, 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 2 Army Commendation Medals, and the Combat Infantry Badge. He served the orphans at Tan Mai Orphanage leading the effort to raise funds, doing diaper, clothing and toy drives with the US. He also adopted his two youngest daughters from the orphanage.
He culminated his Army career as the Adjutant General of Fort Knox, KY (1977-1979), and then as the Executive Officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff in Plans and Operations, Fort Myer, VA (1979-1980). He retired in 1980 after 24 years of service. The LTC H. M. Smith Conference Room in Graham Hall, Fort Knox, KY, is dedicated in honor of LTC Smith. Smitty received his Bachelor's degree from Park College while he served in the military.
After Smitty’s time in the Army, he worked as Chief Administrative Officer for Bechtel Nuclear Power Plant in Virginia. He and Lindsey owned their own real estate firm in Springfield Virginia. He sold real estate for more than 20 years in both Virginia and Florida before retiring in 2003. He was known as a loving, generous, and compassionate man, who always found ways to serve others. He loved old classic country music, southern gospel, and western movies. He loved biscuits and tomato gravy and sweet potato pie. He leaves behind a legacy as a faithful follower of Jesus Christ who loved his family, and especially his devoted and loving wife of 45 years.
A private family service will be September 14, 2023 in Bowling Green, KY. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following charities - links below:
Tunnel to Towers Foundation (t2t.org)
Wounded Warrior Project
Donate to Samaritan’s Purse (samaritanspurse.org)
A Memorial Tree was planted for Horace
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Natchez Trace Funeral Home