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Wendell Lawrence Smith, Jr

Fayetteville, North Carolina

July 13, 1946 - May 9, 2024

Wendell Lawrence Smith, Jr Obituary

 Wendell (Smitty) Smith Jr

Wendell Lawrence Smith Jr, or Smitty to most of his friends, passed away May 9, 2024 at the age of 77 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Born on July 13, 1946, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Wendell was the son of the late Evelyn and Wendell Smith Sr. He spent most of his formative years in Binghamton, New York, which he considered his hometown until he enlisted in the US Army in 1966 at the age of 20.

Wendell served with distinction and honor in the US Army’s 7th Special Forces Group for 25 years, including active duty during the Vietnam War. He was the recipient of numerous commendations and medals for his dedicated service to include Army Service Ribbon, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Special Forces TAB, Humanitarian Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Army Superior Unit Award and Master Parachute Badge. Wendell retired with the rank of Master Seargent on April 6, 1992. He continued to serve his country as a civilian working at the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as a Computer Technician until his final retirement on July 27, 2013.

Wendell was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Diane Smith, and his brother William Smith. He is survived by his son, Kevin Smith (wife Connie), granddaughters Kathryn and Abigail Smith; son Brian Smith (wife Michelle), grandson Trevor Smith (wife Emily), great-granddaughter Anne Elizabeth Smith, and granddaughter Hallie Smith; brother Kenneth Smith; and sisters Donna Hanley and Susan Brown.

Besides his love for his family, Wendell found joy in bass fishing. He loved fishing bass tournament’s and was an active member of the Cumberland Bassmaster's for over 30 years. He also enjoyed golfing, though he was a much better angler than golfer. He loved the annual week-long vacations he spent with his brother Kenneth and sons Kevin and Brian, usually in the mountains of North Carolina or at a lake house in Georgia, where they spent time golfing, fishing, and rehashing the same stories told year after year yet always ending with a laugh. Wendell loved his many traveling adventures with his Wife Diane, to include countless trips to Walt Disney World and cruising on Royal Carribean. He cherished his church family at Good Shepard Catholic Church, where he made wonderful lifelong friends.

The Family will have a private memorial to celebrate Wendell’s life as a father, grandfather, and husband.

Funeral arrangements by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home, 545 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, N.C. 28301

Online condolences may be made at www.jerniganwarren.com

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Wendell Lawrence Smith, Jr hosted by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home.

 Wendell (Smitty) Smith Jr

Wendell Lawrence Smith Jr, or Smitty to most of his friends, passed away May 9, 2024 at the age of 77 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Born on July 13, 1946, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Wendell was the son of the late Evelyn and Wendell Smith Sr. He spent most of his formative years in Binghamton, New York, which he considered his hometown until he enlisted in the US Army in 1966 at the age of 20.

Wendell served with distinction and honor in the US Army’s 7th Special Forces Group for 25 years, including active duty during the Vietnam War. He was the recipient of numerous commendations and medals for his dedicated service to include Army Service Ribbon, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Special Forces TAB, Humanitarian Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Army Superior Unit Award and Master Parachute Badge. Wendell retired with the rank of Master Seargent on April 6, 1992. He continued to serve his country as a civilian working at the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as a Computer Technician until his final retirement on July 27, 2013.

Wendell was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Diane Smith, and his brother William Smith. He is survived by his son, Kevin Smith (wife Connie), granddaughters Kathryn and Abigail Smith; son Brian Smith (wife Michelle), grandson Trevor Smith (wife Emily), great-granddaughter Anne Elizabeth Smith, and granddaughter Hallie Smith; brother Kenneth Smith; and sisters Donna Hanley and Susan Brown.

Besides his love for his family, Wendell found joy in bass fishing. He loved fishing bass tournament’s and was an active member of the Cumberland Bassmaster's for over 30 years. He also enjoyed golfing, though he was a much better angler than golfer. He loved the annual week-long vacations he spent with his brother Kenneth and sons Kevin and Brian, usually in the mountains of North Carolina or at a lake house in Georgia, where they spent time golfing, fishing, and rehashing the same stories told year after year yet always ending with a laugh. Wendell loved his many traveling adventures with his Wife Diane, to include countless trips to Walt Disney World and cruising on Royal Carribean. He cherished his church family at Good Shepard Catholic Church, where he made wonderful lifelong friends.

The Family will have a private memorial to celebrate Wendell’s life as a father, grandfather, and husband.

Funeral arrangements by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home, 545 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, N.C. 28301

Online condolences may be made at www.jerniganwarren.com

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Wendell Lawrence Smith, Jr hosted by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home.

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