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Richard H. Smith

Richard Smith, age 73, of Aiken, S.C., loving husband of Brenda Noel- Smith and son of the late Herbert A. Smith, Jr. and the late Betty Hunt Smith, entered into rest at his residence on Thursday, October 10, 2019. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Donovan (Michelle) Smith; a daughter, Dana Smith (Jason) Noble; sisters, Carolyn Smith (Tom) Maffett and Margaret Smith Lewis, five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota but has spent the last eighteen years of his life in Aiken County, S.C. He is of the Baptist Faith. He was a retired US Air Force Pilot with twenty years of service having served his country during the Vietnam War flying C130 aircraft.  After retirement, he flew 747 Commercial Cargo for Atlas Air. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was always loving and always loved by his family and friends. A man of his caliber shall be greatly missed by his family and all whose lives he touched during the 73 precious years that God granted him on this earth.  Death is not the end for Richard, as he shall live on forever in the hearts of his family, many friends and loved ones. A memorial service will be held at a date and time to be announced.  Napier Funeral Home Inc., 315 Main St., Graniteville, S.C. 29829, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. You can sign the online guest register at www.napierfuneralhomeinc.com    

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I, too, was a graduate from Cadet Squadron 02, and remember Dick well from those days. He was a great guy and I thought well of him. I lost track of him over the years, but as Don Sutton indicates, our bonds are unbreakable. My condolences to his family. Keep the wings level and the nose up, Dick, God speed!

Mike Moss Oct 27 2019 12:00 AM

Rick and I were both in Cadet Squadron 02 upon our graduation from USAFA. He helped make it the #1 squadron out of 30 during our senior year. While we didn't get to see each other much over our careers, there is a bond for our classmates and especially squadron mates that is unbreakable. From all the class of 1968 members of CS-02, we extend our condolences to his entire family.

Don Sutton Oct 23 2019 12:00 AM

The short time I knew Richard seemed like a lifetime. He was an angel to me and all lot of others. He will truly be missed in the hearts of many. Joe

lloyd Osborne Oct 19 2019 12:00 AM

RIP faithful servant.

Dave Kozak (Dellwardt) '68 Oct 17 2019 12:00 AM

Mr. Richard you always wore a smile on your face and were full of kindness and love. We will forever be thankful for the memories from our aviation talks to playing cards. You left a lasting impression on our life and we are blessed that you were apart of our family.

The Fazenbakers Oct 16 2019 12:00 AM

Rick was a USAFA Class of 1968 classmate of mine. I remember him from those days and not those more recent. Family and friends will recognize how easily Rick could shape our opinions of events, because he was serious, competent, and influential. May God rest his soul and comfort all who mourn his passing.

Bob Jobnston Oct 16 2019 12:00 AM

While I had not know Richard very long it was evident that he was an upstanding person. Our thoughts and prayers for the family and friends who will miss you

Dick Salsitz Oct 14 2019 12:00 AM

We will surely miss you Uncle Dick! You were the best of the best.

The Pickren Family Oct 13 2019 12:00 AM

Dick was a great man who I had the pleasure to know for over 50 years. We started out as roommates in the Air Force in pilot training and saw each other at his family events over the years. He will be greatly missed by all who new him. My greatest sympathy to all his family and friends that loved and new him.

Chris Hoffman Oct 13 2019 12:00 AM

My condolences to Brenda and all of Richard's other family. He was such a kind, considerate and helpful man. He will be missed. My thoughts & prayers are with his wife, Brenda & all his family.
Love & prayers, Cheryl Couch

Cheryl Couch Oct 12 2019 12:00 AM

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