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William A. "Al" Smith Sr.

February 13, 1944 - December 9, 2013
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Thunderbolt, GA Mr. William A. "Al" Smith, Sr., age 69, passed away early Monday at Candler Hospital. He was a native and longtime resident of Thunderbolt, GA and retired as a Captain from Savannah Fire and Emergency Services. Mr. Smith was a decorated Vietnam Veteran First Cav. and was a recipient of Chatham County Veteran of the Year. He was Vice Chairman of National Homeless and Unemployment Commission, Past American Legion Post 184 Legionnaire of the Year, Past Chef de Gare, and Past Commander of American Legion Post 184. Mr. Smith was a representative of Chatham County VAVS for the Charleston VA Hospital, Chatham County Past Chairman...
Thunderbolt, GA
Mr. William A. "Al" Smith, Sr., age 69, passed away early Monday at Candler Hospital. He was a native and longtime resident of Thunderbolt, GA and retired as a Captain from Savannah Fire and Emergency Services. Mr. Smith was a decorated Vietnam Veteran First Cav. and was a recipient of Chatham County Veteran of the Year. He was Vice Chairman of National Homeless and Unemployment Commission, Past American Legion Post 184 Legionnaire of the Year, Past Chef de Gare, and Past Commander of American Legion Post 184. Mr. Smith was a representative of Chatham County VAVS for the Charleston VA Hospital, Chatham County Past Chairman Veteran's Council, First District Commander of Department of Georgia, and State Commander of Department of Georgia. He was a past member of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, Thunderbolt Men's Club, Chairman of Blessing of the Fleet, member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, member of Anavictus Honor Guard of Canada, and the Marine Rescue Squad 3A. Mr. Smith was a Past President of Local 574 IAFF, was an American Legion Liaison for Congressman Jack Kingston, and Director/Staff Department of Georgia Boys State. He was a member of the Thunderbolt Baptist Church and a volunteer with the Thunderbolt Fire Department.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alver Lawton Smith and Marjorie Alfreda Horne.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph Shane Smith of Thunderbolt, Al (Rachel) Smith of Gastonia, NC; his grandson, Cotton Smith of Gastonia, NC; siblings, Lawton C. Smith, Sr. (Jimmy Rivers) of Thunderbolt, James F. (Janet) Smith of Thunderbolt, Michael G. (Electra) Smith of Richmond Hill, and Virginia (Maurice) Dixon of Thunderbolt; his loving partner of forty five years, Nancy Richards of Thunderbolt; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at Fairhaven Funeral Home, Hubert C. Baker Chapel.
The funeral service will be held Thursday at 12:00 P.M. at Thunderbot Baptist Church.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.
Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Active pallbearers will be Charles Black, Buddy Gallaher, Billy Heitman, John Henry, George Howard, and Johnny McKenzie.
Honorary pallbearers will be American Legion Post 184 Color Guard and Legion Members, Savannah Fire and Emergency Service and Thunderbolt Fire Department.
Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Fairhaven Funeral Home, Hubert C. Baker Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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