Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1936

Tom Smith THOMAS M. "TOMMY" "SMITTY" SMITH, 93, was born in Ranger, TX on Oct. 9, 1920 and died at his home in Dallas, TX on Dec. 17, 2013, with burial at Restland in Dallas, TX. Tommy attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1936 and was involved in the Civilian Pilot Training (CPT) program at Ranger Junior College. He was an active Gideon. A gifted pilot, Tommy (Smitty to the flying community) was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force in WWII and a long time flying instructor (winner of the inaugural Flight Instructor of the Year award given by the FAA) and FAA Examiner. He retired from flying at the age of 89 with well over 48,000 hours, most of it in the right instructor seat which is an accomplishment that may never be equaled. Predeceased by his parents Will and Ruth Smith, and two sisters in childhood, Edith and Mary Ruth and his son Douglas Vaughan Smith. Survived at the time of his death by his wife of 68 years, Joan L Smith, his son Alan (Margaret), daughter Kathryn (John), grandsons Christopher (April), Cameron (Christa), Colin, Kyle, great- niece Helen (Caleb) Barton, five great-grand- children and other loved family and friends.