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Lt. Col. Glee Greenhaw Smyth, who is retired from the U.S. Air Force,passed away on Aug. 5, surrounded by his family at his home in the Shaw community near Benton.
Smyth was born Feb. 22, 1919, at Marshall. Smyth joined the Army Air Corps and served in the China/India/Burma theater and retrained as a meteorologist in the Air Force. While he was stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, he served as President John F. Kennedyâ€™s accompanying meteorologist on Air Force 2.
After retiring from military service, he worked as chief inspector for the West Bend Co. in Sheridan until the company closed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Garland and Florence Smyth; sisters Bernell Smith and Mardell Armstrong; brothers, Troy Don, Bob and S. C. Smyth; and his great-grandson, Hunter Jade Allen Adcox.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lexie Calestia Parsons Smyth; a son James Glee Smyth; a daughter, Nathania Kay Sawyer; two granddaughters, Jenni Keisler and Brandi Smyth; three great-grandchildren Lane, Makenzie, and Montana; and a brother, Kenneth.
Graveside service with full military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Ebenezer Cemetery in the Tull community with Shaw Fire Department Chaplain Ray Neal officiating.Â
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shaw Fire Department, 5513 Hwy. 35, Benton, AR 72015.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard.