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Edward S. Smith

September 23, 1944 - January 6, 2018

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Edward Samuel Smith, Jr., died Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Pell City, Alabama. Edward, known by most as Ned, was born September 23, 1944, in Birmingham, AL. He was the son of the late Judge Edward Samuel Smith and Innes Adams (Comer) Smith of Birmingham, AL. Ned spent his earlier years growing up in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He then enrolled at Marion Military Institute for high school.
The Vietnam War interrupted Ned's time at the University of Alabama. He enlisted in the Navy in 1966 and served two tours before returning to school. He graduated...

Edward Samuel Smith, Jr., died Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Pell City, Alabama. Edward, known by most as Ned, was born September 23, 1944, in Birmingham, AL. He was the son of the late Judge Edward Samuel Smith and Innes Adams (Comer) Smith of Birmingham, AL. Ned spent his earlier years growing up in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He then enrolled at Marion Military Institute for high school.
The Vietnam War interrupted Ned's time at the University of Alabama. He enlisted in the Navy in 1966 and served two tours before returning to school. He graduated in 1972 with a BA in Sociology. His first tour of duty following Naval Officer Candidate School in RI returned him to the Gulf of Tonkin to extract Americans from waters off Vung Tau and the Delta.
In his career Smith saw duty on four destroyers, a mine sweeper, a cargo ship, an amphibious ship, and temporary duty aboard several submarines before coming ashore. As the First Lieutenant of the USS Plymouth Rock, he directly supervised the precision landing at Guantanamo on Oct. 17, 1979.
Smith's Washington duties placed him at the defense agencies, and on the joint military and Navy staffs. He served in the billet of a full Army colonel for the Asst. Sec. of Defense for Atomic Energy. He was the U.S. representative at a conference with the Minister of Defense in the United Kingdom. After graduating from the Naval War College in 1983, he returned to sea duty as a deck department head on the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower. As the ship's first lieutenant, Smith received the Navy Achievement Medal on the "Ike" in Haifa, Israel, on Dec. 9, 1984 for personal actions in saving 110 lives and preventing millions of dollars of damage. Ned was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and assigned to Chief Naval Operations, which was his last position served before retiring as Lieutenant Commander with an Honorable Discharge in 1993.
At the beginning of the Gulf War, Smith worked assessing Iraq's possible use of chemical or nuclear weapons. After that, he returned to his routine duties, contributing to impact analyses of the demise of the Warsaw Pact, the unification of East and West Germany, and the Soviet incursion into the Baltics. Later, he provided supporting analysis for the down-sizing of the U.S. and Soviet nuclear arsenals.
Smith's management of disaster response organizations received commendations by the Secretary of the Navy for two consecutive years and by the Governor of Virginia. He has received over 23 Navy service medals, ribbons, and awards including Defense Meritorious Service and Navy Commendation Medals
He managed a busy spiritual, social, and cultural life through the Episcopal and then later, Baptist church and through memberships in the Summit Club of Birmingham, the Metropolitan and Army and Navy clubs of Washington, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institute, Saint Andrew's Society of Washington, D.C. American Legion; American Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Society of the Cincinnati, a Mason of the Ben M. Jacobs Lodge of Pell City, and Shriners International.
His military life took the Birmingham native far from home but Alabama was Smith's "official domicile."
Ned moved to Pell City, AL in 2001. He volunteered in the Police Service Program at the Pell City Police Department starting in 2002. He was considered invaluable to the police department. He not only helped with administrative tasks, but was trained to help with traffic control, parade detail, park events, among other activities, and to support police officers on call. At the end of 2010, Ned had volunteered over 8,650 hours. He received the President's Volunteer Service Gold Award for volunteering 500 or more hours in a 12 month period each year. He also received the President's Call to Service Award given to individuals who have completed 4,000 or more volunteer hours over the course of a lifetime. After 3 years, the police department named the award The Lt. Commander Ned Smith Volunteer Service Award, which was given each year to a member of the agency who best represented the values of Ned Smith in volunteering in the community.
Ned Smith is survived by two daughters, Merrill Innes (Mrs. Richard) Hudgins of Marion, VA, and Catharine Evelyn (Mrs. Allen) Sobol of Pikeville, N.C. He is survived by 3 grandchildren, Rachel, Richard, and Rebecca Hudgins. Ned is also survived by his sister, Innes Comer Smith(Cameron) Richards in Navarre, FL.
The funeral will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018. The burial will be at the family cemetery at Green Pond Cemetery in Greenpond, AL at 11:30 a.m. Family will be available for visitation at 3:00 p.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City, AL with a memorial service following at 4:00 p.m. www.kilgroefh.com In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Wounded Warriors charity. 877.TEAM.WWP (832.6997) 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or Pell City Police Foundation. (205) 884-2265 Attn: Juanita Cole, Metro Bank 800 Martin St. S, Pell City, AL 35128.