George Walter Smith, born January 28, 1923 in Cement, OK, passed away July 17, 2014 at the age of 91. George moved with his family to Houston as a baby. There he met the love of his life, Mabel. At age 19 the two were married, one week before he was deployed to the Pacific Front during World War II. George achieved the rank of Corporal as a radioman with the parachute troops in the Fifth Marine Division. He survived the battles on Iwo Jima and climbed Mt. Suribachi to see Old Glory waiving proudly. After the war, he graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He loved flying, smoking cigars with friends, watching his favorite sports teams, his Sunday School class and spending time with family.
George was preceded in death by Mabel, his wife of 63 years.
He is survived by daughters: Teta Smith, Debbie Perlstein and husband Marc, and Tonya Ray; grandchildren: Sander and wife Whitney, Beka, Skyler, Max, and Carrie; great grandchildren: Dexter, Maxwell, and Atticus.
Services will be held at First Baptist Church, Truett Chapel at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 21, 2014.
Donations may be made to VITAS Hospice or the Wounded Warrior Project.
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