A memorial service to honor the life of Major Hugh M. Smith, USAF (Ret.), 95, of Camden, SC, will be held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Rev. Gene Rollins and Mary D’Alessio will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service at Aberdeen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Thiel Meyer Pet Adoption Center, 128 Black River Road, Camden, SC 29020 or Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church, PO Box 170, Liberty Hill, SC 29074. A private inurnment will be at a later date.
Smitty died Sunday, February 7, 2016. He was born in Hagan, VA, the son of the late Carl Robert Smith and Mae Munsey Smith. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Grover Edgar Smith and the light of his life, daughter, Chandra Cay Smith (2011).
Upon graduation from Hardinsburg High School and various industrial institutions, Smitty was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant and was a Heavy Bomber Pilot serving 24½ years in the USAF. During his career, Smitty received many letters of commendation and medals for outstanding service. He also retired from DuPont. Smitty never met a stranger and always enjoyed entertaining all who would listen to his many stories. He loved his family and his country with all his heart. Smitty will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. His motto was: “every day is a gift-enjoy it”. Smitty was a member of Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder. Also, he was a member of Camden Country Club, Spring Valley Country Club, Springdale Hall Club, Kershaw County Golden Club, American Legion Post 17, and Free Masons. Smitty supported and was active in the Special Olympics.
Smitty is survived by his wife of 60 years, Frances “Fran” Smith, whom he shared a wonderful life with; also his granddog, Cayla Smith; and extended family, Dr. Russell Stephens, Sistie Sikes, Hugh Jacobs and Janet Powell.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.