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Jodie R. Smith III

by Minden Press-Herald



Jodie R. Smith III, of Lilburn, Georgia, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in the early morning of Thursday, March 31.

He was born Oct. 2, 1938, in Baton Rouge, and was a graduate of University High School and Louisiana State University.

Jodie was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Jodie was a retired Air Force munitions officer and Vietnam veteran who served with distinction at varied state side assignments as well as tours of duty in England, Thailand, Turkey, and Spain.

Upon retirement, he was employed by Rockwell International, Missile Systems Division, in Georgia and also worked at Stone Mountain Park.

Jodie was predeceased by his parents, Jodie R. Smith, Jr. and Margery Dudding Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Russell Smith, a son, Jodie R. Smith IV (Tracy) of Montgomery, Alabama, two daughters Marjorie Smith Casper (Richard Jr) of Buford, Georgia, and Elizabeth Smith Speegle (Timothy) of Woodstock, Georgia. Four grandchildren Kathryn S. Casper, Nicholas E. Casper, Ansley M. Speegle, and Andrew R. Speegle, and two nephews Kyle W. Russell of Nashua, New Hampshire, and Blaine M. Russell, of Thibodeaux.

Jodie lived a rich, multi-faceted life. Whether teaching water sports as a counselor at Camp Namequoit (Massachusetts); working with sports teams (Alconbury, England); performing with the Civic Light Opera (Albuquerque, New Mexico); having a lead role in a little theater production (Shreveport) or producing mini-versions of musicals (Eglin AFB and Langley AFB) he had a good time.

One of his best achievements was organizing and developing a comprehensive Fourth of July celebration for military personnel and families at Torrejon AFB, Spain which included the timing of fireworks to patriotic music.

In addition to his many friends around the world, Jodie leaves us with a legacy of honor, love of country, traditional values, and an avid devotion to his beloved LSU Tigers.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 5 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel, 3705 Highway 78 West, Snellville, Georgia 30039.

Graveside services will be on Wednesday, April 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery, 1080 Scott Hudgens Drive, Canton, Georgia 30114.

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Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, “A Family Company, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200 has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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