Sgt. Major William A. Smith-In Memory

Sgt. Major William A. Smith-In Memory

Retired Sergeant Major William H. Smith passed away at his home on December 5, 1931. His death came as a shock to the community. He had only been ill a short time.

In the beginning of the war with the United States and Spain he enlisted with the Tennessee Volunteers and continued serving in the U.S. Army for 24 years, 9 months and 3 days. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and World War l. He also served during the Philippine Insurrection. Sergeant Smith held a Certificate of Honor, only two others like which have ever been issued to date (1931) to a United States soldier in the history of the nation.

He was a member of the American Legion, Masonic Order, and also the Order of Easter Star. He was married on August 1, 1925 to Mrs. Lela Belle Brown. His funeral service was conducted by the Rev. James Cash and was held at the Methodist Episcopal Church South and was largely attended.

At the time of his death he was survived by his widow, Mrs. Lela Belle Smith, a daughter Wilma Fay, and one son, William Frank Smith.

He was laid to rest in the Spring City Cemetery.

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Born and raised in Dayton Tennessee, I have served in various public service positions in the past. I have a great interest in the History of our town. This site is a way for me to share some of the great history of the area.

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