Lt. Col Ronny Coleman Smith USAF retired, 62, passed away Thursday, April 1, 2010 in Abilene. His funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, April 5th in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 HWY 277 South. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday at Elmwood Funeral Home. A service will be held in Metter, Georgia with burial in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Ronny was born in Metter, Georgia on October 15, 1947 the son of Clyde William Smith and Annie Coleman Smith. He graduated from Georgia Southern in 1969 and immediately began serving his country in the United States Air Force where he worked as a navigator on C130s. Ronny retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993 while stationed at Dyess Air Force Base. At the time of his death, he was employed with Caprock Home Health in Abilene. He enjoyed pampering and spoiling his four dogs, Peewee, Bodger, Rex and Macy.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Smith of Abilene his mother, Annie Smith of Metter, Georgia his sister, Janice Jones and husband Jearl of Augusta, Georgia two nieces, Susanne Jones Fordham and husband Keith of Millen, Georgia, Sharon Story and husband Steve and their children, Cody and Ashton of Augusta, Georgia two stepdaughters, Nina Wolfe of Abilene and Megan Wolfe of Fort Worth and one step granddaughter, Charli Ann.
Bob and I just learned of Ronnys death. We knew Ronny when we were stationed in Abilene with the 774th. Ronny was the best navigator Bob ever flew with. We were all from Georgia so we had a lot in common. We continued to keep in touch through the years. Please accept our sincere condolences. Ronny will always have a special place in our heart.
Deborah Bob EverettWrens, GA
I know Ronny as a new navigator in the 774 TAS in 1975. Ronny was one of Captains in the Squadron that all of the new guys looked up to as a leader. Serving in the Air Force with Ronny is one of the highlights of my Career.
He will be missed.
Gary ForresterBelleville, IL
Ronny will be greatly missed, he was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Monica DavisLubbock, TX
Ronnie was a wonderful friend and coworker in my years at Caprock Home Health. He will be missed by my family. Our prayers are with his family.
Glenda GrahamTuscola, TX
Pat, Mrs. Smith and Janice, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this sad time. Im so glad I made the trip to go to the visitation to pay my last respects to a man that influenced alot of my career. Im so glad I got to meet you Mrs. Smith and Janice Im just so sad that it was in this time of setting. Ronny was a very honorable and respectable person and I know how much he loved his family and Pat. Im so grateful that I was able to have known him. May he rest in Peace.
Diana SotoArlington, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ruth PetersonLubbock, TX
Ronny has been an integral part of the Caprock Home Health Services family. He gave so much of himself to our clients and to his coworkers all over the state every day. He was a man of character and integrity, and he touched all of our lives with wit and humor, compassion, and a desire to serve and excel. He will be sorely missed at Caprock.
Marciano and Martha MoralesLubbock, TX
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May God bless you, for you have an angel watching over you now.
5th floor oncology, AL
My sweet husband, I love you so much. You were my best friend and I will miss you always.
Pat SmithAbilene, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ronny will be dearly missed.
Betty AndersAbilene, TX
Ronny will be greatly missed by all who cared for him, both humans and animals.
Susanne Jones FordhamAugusta/Millen, GA
We love you Ronny. Go in peace. Mark, Vonna, Andrew, Hilary and Bryan
Mark ThomasOviedo, FL