Vernon Lee Smith entered into Heaven on Thursday, August 10, 2023. He was 81 years old. Vernon was born on February 24, 1942, in Macon, Georgia. He was the son of the late William J. and Belle M. Smith.
A distinguished Vietnam veteran, Vernon proudly wore the uniform of the United States Army. Among many medals earned, his receipt of the Bronze Star stands as a symbol of his unwavering dedication to duty and his willingness to go above and beyond for his country. May Vernon’s courage and sacrifice never be forgotten, and his legacy continue to inspire generations to come. With every step he took on the battlefield, Vernon carried the pride of his family, community, and country, showcasing immense bravery and commitment.
After his service, Vernon transitioned into working for the Macon Police Department as a police officer for many years. Following his law enforcement career, Vernon became a civilian and brought his unyielding work ethic to Robins Air Force Base. His contributions as a police officer and civilian echoed his military dedication – he was a cornerstone of strength and diligence.
A member of Bonaire First Baptist Church, his spiritual journey was one of devotion to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His faith influenced the way Vernon interacted with the world around him. He was also an avid classic car enthusiast.
Though his physical presence has left a void in our lives, Vernon's legacy of service, faith, and love will continue to resonate. His reunification with his parents, as well as his late son, Marcus Hoyt Smith; and siblings, Vivian Kelly, and William F. Smith, is a testament to the enduring bonds of love that transcend the mortal realm.
Vernon Lee Smith's life was a tapestry woven with threads of honor, courage, faith, and love. As we mourn his passing, let us also celebrate the profound impact he had on our lives. In our hearts, he shall forever remain – a beacon of light guiding us through the journey of life.
His memory will forever be treasured by his beloved wife, Linda Fulton Smith; daughter, Brandi Bodrey (Michael); stepdaughter, Andrea Underhill (Russell); numerous grandchildren; and sister, Mae S. Stone.
A memorial gathering will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home. A memorial service will immediately follow in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Kenny Rodgers officiating. Vernon Lee Smith will be laid to rest privately in the Magnolia Park Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in honor of Vernon Lee Smith, to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2023
3:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)
McCullough Funeral Home
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Starts at 4:00 pm (Eastern time)
Chapel of McCullough Funeral Home
Magnolia Park Mausoleum