Thomas (Tommy) E. Smith, 75, passed away peacefully with his loving wife Susan by his side at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond on December 7, 2023. He was born in Louisa County on July 31, 1948.
Survivors include his wife, Susan E. Smith; his son, Brandon T. Smith (Elise); two grandsons, Connor T. Smith and Dillon E. Smith; a brother, Robert L. Smith; and sister, Janice M. Sprouse Smith; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert E. Smith and Rose A. (Meeks) Smith.
After graduating high school, Tommy helped in surveying for Jim Bell and worked for Seay’s Furniture. He was drafted in 1968 into the infantry and served in the First Calvary Division in Viet Nam. He was honorably discharged from the service in 1970. He later worked for A.O. Smith Harvestore. For 35 years he was the self-employed owner of T.E. Smith Logging Contractor. After retiring, he worked part time for Spotsylvania County as a gate attendant.
He was married for 49 years to his loving wife Susan. After fully retiring last year, he continued to love to work on the farm and to cut wood and scrap metal. He loved teaching his loving grandson Dillon (D.D.), who was always by his side helping him. D.D. learned to drive tractors, trucks, and a zero-turn lawnmower. They were always together doing things. Tommy raked hay that Mark cut on the farm, and D.D. got it up. His oldest grandson Connor (CaCa) loved spending time and staying the weekends with him. Tommy would ask Connor what day is it and Connor would say it’s Friday. They loved to watch Andy Griffith and loved racing down the road on the lawnmower. He loved doing all he could for his precious grandsons. He loved his son Brandon with all his heart and was so proud of him. He enjoyed watching Brandon play basketball and baseball throughout his school years. Brandon got Tommy into scrap metaling and they worked together on the farm.
He loved all sports, but most of all the Louisa Lions. He was an assistant coach on his son’s baseball team and an assistant coach on a semi-professional baseball team.
Tommy never met a stranger. He loved to talk and tease. He was loved by his family and many friends. He was a faithful Christian who attended Mt. Hermon Baptist Church. He will be missed by his family and many friends.
The family will receive friends from 11 to 1pm on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at Woodward Funeral Home, 200 Fredericksburg Ave, Louisa, VA 23093. A Funeral Service will follow at 1pm in the funeral home chapel with Rev. James Graham officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Cemetery, 15425 Days Bridge Rd., Mineral, VA 23117.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Mt. Hermon Baptist Church or to support local veterans.