OBITUARY

Howard Chester Smith Jr.

February 6, 1931July 23, 2018
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Howard Chester Smith, Jr; SFC USA, Ret Medical Corp, born on February 6, 1931, passed away on July 23, 2018. Howard served in Germany, Ft Dix NJ, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, France, Ft Devens Mass, Ft Sam Houston, and Vietnam.

Howard was born in Colonie, New York to Alice and Howard Smith, Sr, and grew up in Albany, New York. Howards met his wife, Rhoda Turner, at Ft Monmouth in 1953, married and had four children: Roxana, Stephen, Darrel and Vincent. During their military tenure, they spent three years in France where two of their children were born and then settled, after retirement, in Mesquite, Texas. During his military career, Howard received many complimentary letters from his superior officers, was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious service in battle in Vietnam and retired in 1969.

Howard had the heart of a servant. He was always helping someone and never said no to those in need. He was a wonderful loving and dedicated husband and father and was devoted to the Lord. He was ordained a deacon at Sherri Ann Road MBC in San Antonio, Texas in 1965 and served as deacon at New Liberty MBC in Garland, Texas.

He is survived by his wife Rhoda, a brother Joseph Smith, Sr, four children, nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Howard had three sisters: the late Alice Benedict, Shirley Bigness and Diane Stewart.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, July 27, 2018
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Howard Chester Smith Jr.

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Sandra Luebke

July 25, 2018

Vince, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. By the grace of god we know when our time comes we will be able to see and rejoice with our loved ones who have gone before us. May you find comfort with memories you shared with him. Sending our love and praying the lord will comfort you in your time of need.
Sandy and Kenny Luebke

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