It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce that OSCM Steven R. Smith, USN (Ret) departed from this earthly realm to set sail on his eternal tour of duty with the true commander-in-chief. On May 18, 2021, he received new orders from his Lord and Savior, orders he could not refuse, for a new assignment from which he will not be returning. His new mission has enabled him to drop anchor on the celestial shores of an incredible paradise which includes eternal job security, a huge sign on bonus of eternal joy, peace and a grand reunion with family and friends. But best of all, upon arrival, he was bathed in divine mercy when he saw the face of his Lord.
Steven enjoyed a successful career in both the U.S. NAVY and in the corporate world. He served in the Viet Nam war with a crew that was provided one of the famous brown boats that daily patrolled the jungle rivers with very little cover. His boat was hit by a grenade fatally wounding a crew member, but he was able to successfully bring the remaining crew safely back to the base. He was awarded The Medal of Honor for Valor, but he declined to accept it, stating, “Thank you, but I was just doing my job.”
He also retired from the corporate world as a IT project manager for Homeland Security and Unisys Corporation. His favorite mantra was: “Lead, follow or move out of my way.” He was driven by a strong work ethic, high moral standards, and a desire to solve problems. He made a profound, positive difference in the lives of the many that were privileged to know him.
He is sorrowfully missed by his wife, Elizabeth Smith; son and wife, Brad and Shari Summers; and his grandson, Donovan Summers; along with many beloved friends and neighbors.
We would like to offer our sincere gratitude to both Thelma Jones. RN, Med, NPD/BC, Nursing Ed. Mobile Infirmary, for her lifelong friendship and wisdom during his stay and to the amazing staff at Saad’s Hospice for their unrelenting efforts to make him comfortable and as free from pain as humanly possible.
A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at 12:30 PM at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 34904 State Hwy. 225, Spanish Fort, AL.
We have this hope (in Christ) as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the PASCO Home (Physical and Spiritual Christian Outreach) 3155 Schillinger Road, Semmes, AL 36575. A Christian organization for addiction both men and women. The PASCO Home is more than a transitional home, we consider it a family – in fact, a tight family. Clients, staff, and volunteers work closely together to achieve their goals. Whether working with court situations or hammering out tough counseling circumstances, there is one guiding principle, we believe success is driven by using traditional Christian faith as a cornerstone we try to provide the most opportunity to each woman and man.
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.