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Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

1615 South Fort Hood Road, Killeen, TX

OBITUARY

William "Bill" John Smith

November 18, 1967September 5, 2020
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Funeral Services for LTC (retired) William (Bill) Smith, 52, of Harker Heights, will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. Burial with military honors will follow at 1:00 PM at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. William John (Bill) Smith, 52, passed away Saturday, September 5, 2020 at his home. He was born in Yonkers, NY on November 18, 1967 to the late Alfred and Mary (Duffy) Smith. He attended public and private schools in Yonkers for Elementary and Middle School and then to Archbishop Stepinac for High School and Fordham University for his four-year degree. William served in the United States Army for 25 years. He served during Operation Desert Storm and three tours in Iraq where he received 3 Bronze Service Stars, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army and Airforce Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Legion of Merit, and Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal just to mention a few. We are all so proud of you, Bill. Thank you for your service in defending our country. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. William was the beloved husband of Dawn (Campagna) whom he married at Saint Joseph’s Church, Somers, NY on April 28, 1990. They were married for 30 years. William is survived by his loving wife, Dawn, and will be dearly missed by his loving sons, Daniel and Jacob Smith. Dad is so proud of you and loves you will all his heart. He was also the youngest of 4 siblings and is survived by his sisters, Patricia Mancini and Mary Elizabeth Jackson and brother, Alfred Smith. He was blessed to be the Uncle to Brynn, David, Brooke, Ryan, John, Kevin and Great Uncle to Liam and Violet. I love you all so very much. Anyone who knew Bill knows his faith in Jesus Christ his Savior and Lord. Bill had a long life of service to God, his church, country, family and fellowman. In his free time, he was a baseball coach for over 10 years. He loved the game, but got so much joy from watching and teaching the little ones about the game he loved so much. When he was younger, he would visit nursing homes and sing with the residents. He also was involved with some online Bible and Prayer ministries. He was also involved in a men’s Bible group that helped fellow Veterans. Bill has touched and changed a lot of lives. He loved his family and friends unconditionally. Visitation will be 2:00-4:00 PM and 5:00-9:00 PM Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of the arrangements.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Committal Service with Military Honors

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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William "Bill" John Smith

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Mary Elizabeth Jackson

September 18, 2020

My brother had run the good race in this life with many trials but always fought the good fight and kept the faith.

My brother Bill gave his life to Christ at a young age, he was always a wonderful witness of what an example of a servant of God was and throughout all those years, planted many seeds so I rejoice in knowing he is in the arms of Jesus our Savior. My brother left this world with a great legacy that by the grace of God, hopefully, will lead many more souls one day into the arms of Jesus.

When I think of my brother, this bible verse comes to mind and is very fitting.
2 Timothy 4:6-8

6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

My dear brother, the world was a better place because you were in it rest easy and give mom and dad a big hug for me. So long for now, till we are all together again.

All my love your big sis,

Mary Liz

John Jackson

September 16, 2020

Words can't do justice to how much my Uncle Bill meant to those who knew him. Although I probably have only spent a handful of times with him in person over the years, he had such a major impact on me throughout my life.

In grade school I was so proud of my uncle's service in the US Army. I would eagerly write and speak about him when prompted to share about our heroes. He truly was a hero to so many, including myself. He led by example in his service to this country and his service to the Lord.

The core of my uncle was his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It directed all his paths in life. His faith and evangelism influenced his entire family and is a big reason for my personal relationship with the Lord.

When I joined Facebook in 2015, I had the opportunity to connect and interact with my uncle on a more regular basis despite the distance that separated us. Then over the past few years we messaged each other on nearly a daily basis. His humor, insights, spiritual wisdom and support will be terribly missed.

One of many things that stood out to me during his battle with cancer was how much he put others first. Even towards the end, he was more interested in cheering on the accomplishments of his friends and family, and supporting them through the tough times, rather than share about his sufferings. A few months back he told me that a brother in Christ was the one who told him when he first experienced the horrid side-effects of chemo in 2013 to give glory to the Lord. He said, "I did exactly what he said and the change from focusing on my own situation melted away and all eyes on the Glory of God in all things."

My uncle made an impact on many people throughout his brief 52 years here on Earth and because he trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior, he gets to spend the rest of eternity in heaven. Uncle Bill I love you and am glad I don't have to say "goodbye," but instead can say: "Until we meet again!"

Brynn Odea

September 15, 2020

Uncle Billy,
My first memory I have of you is being at your engagement party. Another great memory was your wedding. Even though I was the only kid there, you made me feel wanted and included me. I wish we got to spend more times together and know my kids would have loved to meet you. I always remembered you visiting my 6th grade class and talking about your army experiences with my classmates. Loved the time you showed us around DC! Thank you for playing army men with us and Stratego. Thank you for always caring about my health as well and always asking about my kids. Love and miss you, Uncle Billy!
Brynn

Barbara Smith

September 14, 2020

So many memories of Billy..Playing with Brynn when she was small & then being David's godfather..getting the kids up early one Sunday to drive down to Va. to meet their new cousin Daniel, the "lighting of the pineapple" on Christmas Eve , Billy escorting us in DC was a great time..How proud we were when he became a soldier! Back then I would tape Seinfeld & send he & the soldiers the tapes.. I remember him going to Brynn's school in uniform to speak to the students.. When he & Al got together their was always a lot of laughs ,& loud! The last 10 years or so we were facebook friends & we IM'd a lot, to keep up..He enjoyed hearing about my grandbabies . It hurts to think he is gone now--I felt like he was my younger brother.. Til we meet again..

Brooke Stephenson

September 14, 2020

Uncle Billy,

Although we were separated by geography most of my life, I always knew you loved me and were cheering for me.

I loved that you would talk about the first time we met when I was a baby. I felt that "uncle pride" radiating off of you.

Something recently I knew you were praying for me for is our foster care journey. You were so excited for Grady and I and left me encouraging messages. Your prayers for us and our little one meant so much.

Hey, I will see you soon in heaven! Can't wait to catch up then.

Love you,
Brooke

Ryan Jackson

September 11, 2020

My Uncle Bill was the greatest Uncle ever! he was very loving compassionate caring and a super funny person, he loved talking to us about the Rangers his favorite baseball team and the Mets his 2nd favorite team including the Dallas Cowboys, he loved his family and friends very much! my favorite memories spent with him was back in 2009 when he visited me and my family in Florida for the 4th of July we went to the beach spent time talking to each other went to eat at Applebees and had a wonderful time together i remember we got double the order of mozzarella sticks that time :) , in 2016 we saw him again in Florida and had a great time talking to him and eating at Cracker Barrel it was funny when he got his soda he said to the waitress i can't drink this can i get a diet soda instead, i remember too the generosity he had when he gave us gifts from the Army that he served in for many years, thank you Uncle Bill for your courageous service. his most wonderful attribute was his Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ he was the best role model to live a godly life. he will be missed but until we meet again ohn 14:3
New King James Version
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

Patti Swift

September 11, 2020

You you brought so much joy to so many peoples lives, you Where a mentor to so many young boys that needed it ,you were like a father to some, you were a great friend to others you will be missed dearly rest easy my friend

Frank Jackson

September 10, 2020

To my dear brother-in law and friend, William John Smith, "Bill" Words cannot express my deep sorrow in your passing from this life, but I take great joy in knowing that you are in the presence of our Lord, and that we will one day meet again. From the outpouring of Love I am witnessing from those mourning your passing, you had a great impact on the lives of many people. Your Christian faith and dedication to your family and friends was an inspiration to us all, and your legacy in this world will never be forgotten.

God Bless My Brother

Thomas DeRuggiero

September 10, 2020

Bill Smith my cousin ,hero ,and friend . You are forever in my heart . I want to thank you for your years of service to the country .

Martin Ryan

September 8, 2020

Remembering Bill with warm memories.
Husband, Father, Friend and Patriot.
Well done, true and faithful servant.

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