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Thomas Gordon Smith


January 23, 2017

Thomas Gordon Smith

Thomas Gordon Smith, 74, of Horse Shoe, passed away Jan. 16, 2017, at Four Seasons Elizabeth House in Flat Rock.

He was a son of the late Gordon and Bernice Badmone Smith. In addition to his parents, two daughters, Deanna and Renee and two brothers, Perry and Barry Smith and two sisters, Ellen and Donna, preceded him in death.

He was a veteran, having served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era. He served aboard the U.S.S. Independence, CVA-62 Attack Aircraft Carrier, where he served from one of the many galleys on board cooking and baking. It was a highlight for him and his wife, Amy, to attend the ship reunions every year. After serving four years active duty, he served 20 years in the Naval Reserves, with the last few years as a Seabee.

He was a recreation director with the state of New York, Rome DDSO.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Upon moving to Horse Shoe in 1997, he volunteered with the V.I.P. (Volunteers in Partnership) program in Henderson County for 10 years with the Sheriff's Department. His service to others was in his everyday life. He and a friend, Karen Mooney, would entertain residents at various nursing homes with music and laughter.

He loved doing his yard work, mowing, trimming and being outside. As a young man, he played little league in Pennsylvania. His team went to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. He cherished that experience for his entire life.

He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Amy Martino; three sons, Vinny Martino and wife, Marvadene, of Florida, Mark Martino, also of Florida and Tony Martino and wife TeriLyn, of Texas; two granddaughters, Gabrielle and Ashlyn; two sisters, Bonnie Leavitt, of New York and Linda Mellen and husband, Bob, of Florida; one brother, Deri Smith, of Florida; special friends Bill and Sharon Garren; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Shawn O'Neal officiating.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.

The Transylvania County Honor Guard will conduct military rites.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks for the love and concern that the staff at Elizabeth House gave to Tom and his family during his short stay with them.

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Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations is caring for the family.


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