Duron Lewis SmithPublished 4:23pm Monday, May 12, 2014
Duron Lewis “Smitty” Smith, 100, a resident of Wetumpka, departed from this world on Sunday, May 11, 2014.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until noon May 15 at White Chapel-Greenwood Funeral Home followed by funeral services at noon. Burial with military honors will take place in Greenwood Cemetery following the services.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth Puanani Smith; his parents, Alto and Bessie Smith; and sisters, Waunette (Bernice) McLaney and Nell (Lehmon) Shields. He is survived by his two sons, Craig (Valerie) Smith and Keith (Robin) Smith; brother, Lamar (Rebecca) Smith; four grandchildren, Katie (Leroy) Campbell, Kimberly (Daniel) Coltery, Clay (Chanise) Smith, Chelsea Smith and three great grandchildren, Addison Campbell, Anna Campbell and Claire Smith.
Born in South Alabama, Smitty proudly served in the Army during WWII in the Pacific Theater, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.
After the War, he settled in Honolulu, Hawaii where he and his family resided until his retirement from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1974.
After retirement, he and his family moved to Montgomery and later to Wetumpka until his death.
One of the highlights of his later years was to participate (with his brother Lamar, a WWII veteran of the European Theater) in the Honor Flight program which recognized WWII veterans for their sacrifices in WWII.
They flew out of Montgomery to Washington, DC with a planeload of other WWII Vets, where Duron and Lamar’s personal tour guide was Lt. Col. Joseph Lewis. They visited the WWII Monument as well as other important monuments, and were visited by several dignitaries, included Sen. Bob Dole.
Growing up in the Horse and Buggy days, he was enthralled by Air Travel, Space Travel, and personal computers, with which he stayed connected with Friends, Family, and the World.
He spent many hours daily in front of the computer until his death at age 100.
Smitty will be remembered for his humor, patience, his love for his family and friends, his Libertarian Ideology, and his love of Technology.