Terry W. Smith, a resident of Dallas, died on Tuesday, Dec. 26, from complications during heart surgery in Salem Hospital.
Terry was born on Dec. 16, 1943, in Ft. Monmouth, N.J.. the son of Wally and Novi Smith.
He graduated from Englewood High School in California with his friend Richard Trube.
Terry and Richard and their families moved together to Dallas in 1965.
They both started working together in 1966 at Towmotor. Terry worked for Towmotor as an assembler and material analyst and was one of the last to leave when they closed in October of 1989.
He owned OK Tire in Dallas from 1989 to 1992. After that he worked for Balderson Inc. (CAT work tool) from 1992 to 1999 as a lead man, materials clerk and tool crib, and later for Burelbach Industries from 1999 until 2001 as warehouse stock clerk until he retired.
Terry was a longtime member of the Dallas Volunteer Fire Department and served our community from October 1966 until he retired in November of 1993. He served for 27 years. He was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1971 and served on various committees.
Terry married Joyce Hildebrand on June 19, 1986, in Dallas.
Terry was a member of the Evangelical Bible Church. He enjoyed serving in the coffee fellowship each Sunday. He helped with volunteer projects at Young Life Camp.
Terry and Joyce enjoyed traveling on cruises. Terry liked hunting deer and enjoyed annual hunting trips with friends. Terry and Joyce enjoyed working in their yard and going on walks. Terry enjoyed helping others.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Mark Smith; daughter, Wendy Steele; stepson, Eric Clanfield; sister, Karen Smith; and grandchildren, Katie Smith, Josh Steele and Cody Clanfield.
Graveside service will be on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 9:30 a.m. at Dallas Cemetery followed by Funeral Services at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Bible Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Weekday Bible School in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, who is caring for the family.
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