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Clyde Smith

Clyde Smith, 87, of Taylors, S.C. died Friday, March 6, 2009.

Clyde was born in Greenville County, S.C., he was the son of the late Jonah A. Smith and Jess S. Hill. Clyde was the owner of Smith Electric, a member of Taylors 1st Baptist Church, a member of Hugh Badger Sunday school class. He was a veteran of World War II where he was a scout with the 82nd Airborne, 508 Parachute Infantry C/O, and a POW captured on D-Day and a survivor of Dresden.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, M. Frances Smith; a daughter, Kay (Wayne) Ward of Travelers Rest; three sons, Dennis (Kathy) Smith of Taylors, Richard Smith of Taylors, and Michael (Debbie) Smith of Seneca; 12 grandchildren, Brian (Jerrilyn), Kevin (Katie) and Jason (Laura) Ward, Scott, Ryan, Adam, Angela, and Ashley (Mark) Murphy, Chelley, Lindsey, Jessica, and Sabrina Smith; 14 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Emmalie, Ashlyn, Judith Kate, and Drayton Ward, Chelsea, Matthew, Megan, Brianne, Nicolas, Alex, Nichole, Ava Swift, and Will Murphy; one great great-grandchild, Bradley Ward; and a brother, N.W. (Mildred) Smith of Powdersville.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Ruth Staite of La Mesa, Calif. and Evora Bridges of Eutaville, S.C.; and a great-grandson, Michael S. Smith.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 9, 2009 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home with interment to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Miracle Hill Ministries, 2419 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC 29615.

Woodlawn Funeral Home, Greenville

(courtesy of Charlie Porter)

Grave marker for Clyde Smith in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Greenville (Greenville), SC.

Clyde was a member of Company A and was captured on D-Day.  Pfc Smith was a POW for the remainder of the war.

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