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William Henry Smith

December 27, 1928 ~ April 17, 2017 (age 88)

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April 21, 2017

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Ripley Funeral Home
1011 City Ave. North
Ripley, MS 38663

Funeral Service
April 22, 2017

2:00 PM
The Ripley Funeral Home
1011 City Ave. North
Ripley, MS 38663

April 22, 2017

3:00 PM
Tiplersville Cemetery
Cr 317
Tiplersville, MS 38674

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 William Henry Smith, 88, resident of Sachse, TX, native Tippah Countian and a retired U.S. Air Force career Veteran, passed away Monday April 17, 2017 at Medical City Hospital in Plano, Texas.
  Services, with Military Honors, will be at 2 PM Saturday April 22 in The Heritage Chapel of Ripley Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Tiplersville Cemetery.
  Born December 27, 1928 in the Tiplersville Community, he was the oldest of six children of the late Henry Kyle and Nina Renfro Smith. Called "Billy" by his family, William retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving with honor and distinction for 20 years, including both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He had overseas tours of duty in the Philippines, France and England, as well as stateside tours in California, Arizona and Washington. After retirement from the military, William retired again from Kellwood Company, where he was a systems analyst.
  William will be remembered as having a quick, dry sense of humor, keeping up with world and national events and had a special interest in science and space. He never lost his enjoyment of learning.
  Visitation will be Friday April 21 from 5 PM - 8 PM at The Ripley Funeral Home.
  A beloved husband and father, William "Smitty" Smith is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eva Lou Nivison Smith, his daughters, Sandra Sadler and Lisa James (Jesse) both of Murphy, TX and Linda Fertig (Bob) of Glenn Woods, PA, 2 sisters, Marjorie Gurley and Christene Shackleford, a brother, Bobby Smith and three grandchildren, Brandon James, Christina James and Harrison Fertig. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Ayleen Smith and a brother, James Smith.
  The flag at The Ripley Funeral Home entrance honors Mr. Smith and all Veterans for their service to our country. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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