First SGT Randolph Smith
Published 9:19 am Wednesday, December 3, 2014
First SGT Randolph Smith, U.S. Army (Retired), 71, of Elizabethton, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 17, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Smith was a native of Carter County and the son of the late Edith R. Smith.
Mr. Smith retired from the United States Army, where he obtained the rank of E-8 First Sergeant, served in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service under hostile aerial combat. He served three tours of Vietnam and was shot down on three separate occasions.
He attended Caldwell Springs Baptist Church and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and of the American Legion.
Survivors include his son, Charles Edward Smith of California, and an aunt, Marilyn Smith of Elizabethton. Several cousins also survive.
A memorial service to honor the life of First SGT Randolph Smith, U.S. Army (Retired), will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 4, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Rev. Gary Rowe officiating. Military Honors will follow, accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service. The inurnment will be conducted at a later date at Caldwell Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or by visiting www.dav.org. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax at 423-542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Smith family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.