Newmon Allen Smith, of Steens, Mississippi, passed away peacefully, at BMH-GT Hospice Care, on February 9, 2019. He was 100 years old, having been born the day after the Armistice of WW1. Mr. Smith served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and the National Parks Service in Oregon from 1938 until he joined the United States Navy. He was a veteran of WWII, having served at Pearl Harbor Naval Air Station after the war began. Mr. Smith worked at and retired from United Technologies in 1986, where he was a maintenance mechanic. He gardened, farmed and raised cattle all his adult life and continued to garden and raise cattle on his farm for many years after his retirement from UT. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his mother, Bertie Aldridge Wingo Smith; his father, Frank Smith; his eldest and beloved daughter, Randie Ellen Smith O’Shaughnessey Matthews; his brothers, Jimmy Smith, Owen Smith, Fred Smith, Lonnie Smith, Herman Wingo and Avery Lee “Buster” Wingo; and his sisters, Mae Smith, Bessie Lee Smith, Mattie Lee Smith Stevenson, Gertrude Wingo Sartor and Clytee Wingo Gibson. He is survived by his beloved wife of 73 years, Doris Virginia Smith; his beloved son, Rodney Allen Smith (Mary Lou) of Paris, Texas; and his two beloved surviving daughters, Cathy Smith Fields (Wesley) of Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico and Donna S. Smith of Columbus, Mississippi. Mr. Smith had 7 grandchildren, Vickie Smith Slayton of Eustis, Florida, Seamus O’Shaughnessey (Katerina) of Phoenix, Arizona, Shannon Jennings (Roger) of Ethel, Mississippi, Jason Smith (Christy) of Waco, Texas, Philippa Jean “PJ” Matthews of Phoenix, Arizona, Chuck Eason (Joanna) of Omaha, Nebraska and Erika Juno (John) of Omaha, Nebraska; 8 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. Services will be held Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 1:30 PM at Memorial Gunter Peel, 2nd Ave N. Chapel with Pete Bowen and Tim Gentle officiating. Burial with U.S. Navy Honors will follow at Memorial Gardens of Columbus. Visitation will be held Thursday from noon until 1:30 PM at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be his nephews, Ronnie Smith, Rowdy Smith, Jody Smith, Don Stephenson, Donald Wingo and Johnny Gibson. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the Members of Steens Church of Christ and the doctors and nurses of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle Hospice Care, 3rd floor. In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5006 LBJ Freeway STE 250, Dallas, TX 75244 or the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society, P.O. Box 85, Columbus, MS 39703.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on February 12, 2019
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