Willis Bryant (Bill) Smith, 87, passed away March 6, 2017 at Remembrance Village at Riverwood Senior Living Facility.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Victoria Smith, sisters Louise Copeland, Sara Humphries and Myrtle Helms.
His is survived by his wife of 59 years, Clara Faye Smith and daughter, Julie Ann Smith and her fiancé, Craig Cornmesser.
Bill was born in Cloudland, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Tennessee where he met and married his wife, Faye, who was from Knoxville. He was in the Army 22 years where he fought in the Vietnam War. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1977. After teaching ROTC for 10 years, he owned and operated the Trion Golf Club for 5 years. Throughout the years he also ran a beef cattle farm in Cloudland. After working his entire life, at age 80, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease which is when he retired.
His funeral service will be held at Lakeside Funeral Home in Woodstock, GA on Thursday, March 9th at 12:30 pm. Prior to that at 11:00 am, the family will be receiving visitors. Interment will be at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA with full military honors.
The family would like to personally thank Riverwood Senior Living and Homestead Hospice for their continued compassion over the last two years.
The professional staff of Lakeside Funeral Home at 121 Claremore Drive is honored to serve the family.