Escorted by Air Force officers, the remains are due to first arrive at the Seitz Funeral Home in Moweaqua. The procession carrying the remains will leave at 4 p.m from the parking lot of First Baptist Church for the final emotional journey back to Assumption, along a U.S. 51 lined with flags and escorted by Assumption Police Chief Brian Wade and police, fire and emergency vehicles from all over Christian and Shelby counties, and beyond.
His funeral service will be attended by pilots coming from all over the country who trained and flew with Smith and have never forgotten him. Chief among the mourners, however, will be Elaine Mills, who had been married to him for less than a year when he was killed. She would go on to marry a Vietnam Army veteran, David Mills, and raise two children. David Mills will accompany his wife as she faces the difficult …
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