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Roy Isom Smith, Jr., Colonel, USAF (ret)

September 27, 1930 — November 26, 2023

Colonel Roy Isom Smith, Jr., a distinguished veteran of the United States Navy and Air Force Reserves and a beloved member of many communities, passed away on November 26, 2023. Born on September 27, 1930, in Eudora, Arkansas, Colonel Smith leaves behind a legacy of excellence and service that will be cherished by all who knew him.

From an early age, Colonel Smith displayed remarkable talent and intellect.  He joined the US Navy straight out of high school where he saw active duty in the Korean War and played football for the US Military League on the Navy Team.  Through his Navy career, he won a scholarship to play football for the University of Southern California.  While at USC as a member of the Air Force ROTC, serving as the Wing Commander, editor of the AFROTC newsletter, and a Rifle Team member, he was named the outstanding cadet in his sophomore, junior, and senior classes. His extraordinary achievements did not stop there – he was elected to the Men's Honorary Skull and Dagger Society and received the College of Education outstanding graduate award. In 1956, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from USC and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the USAFR.

Colonel Smith embarked on a remarkable 30-year career with the Air Force Reserves while working for an insurance company in various sales and sales management positions across Los Angeles, New York City, and Houston. Recognized for his exceptional leadership abilities, Colonel Smith held significant roles throughout his military service. Towards the end of his career, he served as Director of Logistics Plans at HQ 10AF at Bergstrom AFB, TX. Additionally, he assumed additional responsibilities as Commander of the Southeast Texas Air Force Academy Admissions Liaison Officer and Southeast Texas Area Athletic Coordinator.

As a dedicated recruiter for the Air Force Academy, Colonel Smith played a pivotal role in shaping the future leaders of our nation's armed forces. Owing to his unwavering commitment to excellence, he was honored with the distinction of National Deputy Commander and National Commander of the Year – a rare accomplishment that reflected his exceptional dedication to his duties.

Following his retirement from the AFR in 1987, Colonel Smith began another chapter in his life by joining the Texas A&M University Foundation. For over a decade, he served as the Director of Corporate Relations and made significant contributions to the institution. His tireless efforts were recognized when he received the Trustees' Award for Outstanding Service to the Texas A&M Foundation.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Colonel Smith lived life to the fullest. He had a passion for A&M football and sponsored tailgates at the Old Blue Truck after every home game. He enjoyed spending time in the garden at The Farm, playing cards and games with family and friends, indulging in WWII movies, researching genealogy and family history, and avidly following USC football. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his three grandchildren, whether playing in the yard or attending their many school performances, band and choir concerts, middle school and high school football games, and graduations.

Colonel Smith's magnetic personality endeared him to all who had the privilege of knowing him. Intelligent, kind, generous, passionate, and loving, he was a loyal friend and family member who brought joy to every gathering. Quick with a joke and always interesting to be around, he had an innate ability to captivate audiences with his storytelling prowess.

Throughout his remarkable life journey, Colonel Smith achieved numerous accomplishments that filled him with immense pride. He dedicated substantial time and effort towards community service, leaving an indelible impact on countless organizations. Notably, he served as Director and Life Member of the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of the Houston Chamber of Commerce (earning their Leadership Award twice), President and Director of both the Houston Reserve Officers Association and the Houston Air Force Association – making invaluable contributions in supporting military personnel. His commitment extended further as Vice President of the Texas Air Force Association and Vice Chair of Southeastern Texas Committee for Corporate Support of Guard and Reserve.

Colonel Smith's dedication extended beyond military organizations; he actively invested himself in various philanthropic endeavors throughout his lifetime.  He served the youth of his community through Indian Guides, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers of Houston, and coaching Little League football and baseball.  He served as Director of the Houston USO while also holding positions such as President and Director of multiple Masonic lodges in Texas. In College Station he was a member of the 12th Man Foundation, Director of the Lady Aggie Maroon Club, and Brazos County A&M Club. He served as a docent for the Texas A&M Sports Museum.

Active within his church community at First Baptist Church of College Station, he participated in a multitude of ministries and made significant contributions to the church food pantry, Men's Ministry, Senior's Ministry, Properties Committee, and facilitated Bible study groups. He also served as Vice Chairman and Board Member of Save Our Streets Ministries.

A proud member of the Masonic community, including endowed membership in Sul Ross Lodge No. 1300 and Holland Lodge No. 1, Colonel Smith received multiple awards for his exemplary service. He was awarded the Fifty-Year Service Award and the Golden Trowel Award from the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas. He was a Past Master of Sul Ross Lodge No. 1300 and received two Order of Evergreen Awards for outstanding service. He was a Past President of the Brazos Valley Shrine Club and the Brazos Valley Chapter of the National Sojourners. As a Scottish Rite Mason, he served as a Trustee of the Houston Scottish Rite Valley and Master of Kadosh of the Houston Consistory. He also served as Docent for the Brazos Valley Masonic Library and Museum and served as mentor to countless new members.

Colonel Smith is survived by his loving spouse, Roselyn Smith; and his children, Stephen Smith, David Worley and wife Mary, Susan Worley and husband Martin Moore, and grandchildren Benjamin, Anna, and Daniel Worley. The impact he has had on their lives will continue to shine brightly in their hearts.

The world has lost a remarkable individual whose legacy will continue to inspire future generations. Colonel Roy Isom Smith, Jr. will forever be remembered as a kind-hearted, dedicated military professional, an avid community leader, and a cherished family man. His contributions to his country, community, and loved ones have left an indelible mark that will be celebrated for years to come.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Monday, December 4, 2023

12:00 - 2:00 pm (Central (no DST) time)

First Baptist Church of College Station

2300 Welsh Ave, College Station, TX 77845

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Funeral Service

Monday, December 4, 2023

2:30 - 3:30 pm (Central (no DST) time)

First Baptist Church of College Station

2300 Welsh Ave, College Station, TX 77845

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Graveside Service

Monday, December 4, 2023

4:00 - 5:00 pm (Central (no DST) time)

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