OBITUARY

William C. "Bill" Smith

November 23, 1962January 12, 2013

SMITH, WILLIAM CLINTON Lt Col (Ret) William Clinton "Bill" Smith, 50, of Pelham, Ala. passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 12, 2013. The Anniston, Ala. native was a former lieutenant and paramedic with the Pelham Fire Department. Bill was commissioned as a Combat Engineer Officer in the U.S. Army. His military career included several overseas deployments to Central and South America, two combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2005-2006 and 2010-2011 during which he received the coveted Combat Action Badge (CAB), numerous awards to include the Bronze Star, four Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, the National Defense Ribbon (Second Award), the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Mobilized), Overseas Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism, and the Air Assault Badge. While in the military, he earned his bachelor degree in college. Bill retired from the military in 2010, after which he continued to serve his nation as a Department of the Army Civilian at the U.S. Army Sustainment Command as a contingency operations planner for man-made, natural disaster and war-time contingency operations which took him back to Iraq for six months in 2011 in support of the Department of State and six month tour to Entebbe Uganda in support of contingency Operation Observant Compass. Bill was proudest, however, of the young boys who achieved the Eagle Scout rank under his direction as Scoutmaster for Troop 404 at Pelham First Baptist Church. He and his family have been active members at Pelham First Baptist for several years. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Getral Smith and Wanda Hughes Smith. Survivors include Bill's wife of 25 years, Connie Foshee Smith; son, Joshua Clay Smith; daughter, Michelle Smith Baugh; grandchildren, Packey Smith and Abigail Baugh; and two brothers, Gary Smith and Geeter Smith. Visitation will be at Pelham First Baptist Church from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, January 18, 2013, immediately followed by the 11 a.m. funeral service at the church. Burial will follow in Alabama National Cemetery, Montevallo.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 18, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 18, 2013
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William C. "Bill" Smith

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Kari St John

November 23, 2013

Happy Birthday Bill! I remember your birthday at Camp Victory Iraq in Nov of 2008. You totally enjoyed your birthday cake and gifts. It was fun watching you open the gifts. You had such a good time and had us laughing as always by the end of the party. The gift you gave me that day was a gift of happy memories! I will never be able to thank you enough. Best wishes to your family. With Love, Kari

Ray Sartain

January 24, 2013

So sorry for the loss of Bill. He was a great guy and military officer. Got to reconnect with Bill before my last deployment last year. He was also my TAC Officer at the Alabama Military Academy Class 32. Your family is in my prayers during this difficult time.
LTC Ray Sartain (Redstone Arsenal, AL)

Jim Rousselow

January 23, 2013

You will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing you. God will bless you and your Family. One thing death does not take away is the memories and there are many.

Robin Moralez

January 20, 2013

I thank God for the privilege of knowing and serving with Bill. He was a true patriot and a great man. We will all miss his friendly smile, his genuine care and concern and his hard work. Many thanks to his family for sharing him with his ASC family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers! from an old Alexandria Valley Cub to a great Saks Wildcat

Greg Smith

January 20, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of such a great person. I only knew Bill for a short time, but came to enjoy his company and valued his friendship greatly. During training at Rock Island, he was a running buddy and a morale booster for every one of us in the final training before heading overseas. I know that I am not alone is missing hm, and my prayers are with his entire family. The world was a much better place with him in it, and he helped us all see the funny things in even the most mundane. He was a good person. Greg Smith, Lacey, WA

Kari St. John

January 19, 2013

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the World remains and is immortal"
By Albert Pike
The way I see it, Bill remains and is immortal for all he has done for others and the World. In the few years I was able to share in his life's journey, he changed mine forever. I have never met anyone like Bill. He was a game changer, always present in the moment. He cared deeply for everyone he met wheter he knew them well or not. He was able to connect to people and events making even the seemingly insignificant important. He could make sense of Chaos. He was fearless. He was the one selected for the toughest missions and with his sense of humor and leadership was able to create success. He is a true Hero and my life is blessed for being a witness to his, always wondering what he was going to say or do next. I kept a list of quotes he frequently used. He always seemed to be able to remember them at just the right moment.
"It is what it is."
"I want to be value added."
"It's not who you are...it is what you did."
"Use your powers for good, not evil."
"Even a styrofoam peanut serves a purpose."
"You gotta be somewhere."
"Listen to understand not to respond."
"If you are going to be dumb...you better be tough."
"Cherish those who support you and crush those who sabotuge you."
"What is the "So What?"
"If you live in the past, what do you need the future for?"

Thankyou Connie, Josh, and Michelle for sharing your husband and father with the World so he could make it a better place for us all.
Kari St. John

Bryan Gammel

January 18, 2013

In the workplace, Bill paired diligence with a practical, down-to-earth mindset that is truly rare and inspired me to work on those qualities in myself. Add that to his timely sense of humor and you have one of the best leaders and friends I've ever had the privilege of working with. Praying for family and friends as we mourn the loss of Bill but also celebrate his life and the ways he made each of us better persons.

William Pope

January 18, 2013

We know that no words can help ease the
pain and loss that they must be feeling. Bill and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. He will always be remembered by those of us with whom he served. Great guy and our
Peace, prayers and blessings are with them.

"Gladiator 7"

William Pope

Rob Thompson

January 18, 2013

I am truly heartbroken by the sudden loss, but I am honored for the time we spent together and to have been able to call him my friend. My deepest sympathy to his family as we keep you in our prayers.

COL Kevin Kaley

January 18, 2013

Bill, God Speed on your final journey. You will be missed. I appreciate the friendship, mentorship and humor you provided while we prepared for our LOGCAP mission in 2010. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and his family.