Bernard Trigg “BT” Smith, 81, of Woodleaf passed away on October 10th at North Carolina State Veteran’s Home in Salisbury, NC.
He was born on October 9th, 1936 in Coeburn, Virginia to his parents, the late Oscar Trigg Smith and Georgia Robinson Smith.
BT was educated in Wise County Schools. He proudly served in the US Air Force from June 1954 through December 1957 as a mechanic. He later went to work for Piedmont Airlines and retired as a pilot. Following his retirement from the airlines, he was a farmer for 25 years and attended Cleveland Methodist Church.
He is preceded in death by his wife Dianne Martin Smith, a son Bryan Scott Smith and two brothers Kenneth Ferrell Smith and Johnny.
He is survived by his two sons Martin and wife Rebecca Hutchins Smith of Southmont, Chris and his wife Althea Elaine Smith of Woodleaf, a daughter Angela Smith of Lexington, a brother Jimmy Smith of Burnsville, NC, two sisters Helen Kiser of Wise, VA and Lucille Lawson of Coeburn, VA, five grandchildren Linsey, Aaron, Katie, Austin and Taylor, and his beloved cat Ripple.
Visitation will be from 3-5pm on Thursday, October 12th, at Cleveland Methodist Church 11445 Statesville Blvd, Cleveland, NC 27013 with services to follow at 5:00pm with Reverend Sybil Pearl who will be officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the Lyerly Volunteer Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at Cleveland Methodist Church, American Legions and Disabled Vets.
Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Smith family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com.
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B T and I were friends since the day we met in 2008, at the American Legion, where he was one of the most active members. Always helping.
I always enjoyed his company,especially his "stories" I'm going to miss him, as I know all of his family will.
He's gone too soon.
Submitted by Randy Smith on Oct 17 2017 11:26:23 AM
Randy Smith lit a candle for Bernard Trigg “BT” Smith
Randy Smith lit a candle on Oct 17 2017 11:20:03 AM
They are having a good time in Heaven. They broke the mold when B T was created. Any country artist you could not remember; he could.
He would always take care of his crews. RIP our friend. We love you, and save us a seat. Tim Ganskop and Eldenia Blakely Ganskop
Submitted by Tim Ganskop on Oct 13 2017 04:06:05 PM
So sorry for your loss. He was so much fun talking to him when he came into our store.
Submitted by Steve and Wanda Jacobs on Oct 13 2017 01:42:21 PM
It seems like 15 mins ago I was sitting sideways in a 727. BT’s amazing gracious smile on display for all to see. Watching him but mostly learning... BT Smith was one of a kind, truly. Blessings to his wonderful family... And Thank You for loaning him to us. I think of him in Heaven, just walking right in, No interview no nothing. God speed my friend,
Submitted by Jim Matthews on Oct 13 2017 10:26:15 AM
So sorry for you loss. He was one of the great ones. Good Pilot always smiling and nice to all. Was hoping he would be at reunion this weekend. We will keep his sprit alive and you in our thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Carol A. Russell on Oct 13 2017 09:50:13 AM
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Submitted by Joan Summers on Oct 12 2017 07:49:01 PM
Such sad news to hear of BT's passing...but he will always hold good memories for me as a kind, outgoing crew member, way back in the early 70s. ...so professional...and so entertaining ...his smile will be remembered the most. My deepest sympathy to all of his family..really a true gentleman.
Babs (Paolino) Akin - retired flight attendant
Submitted by Babetta Akin on Oct 12 2017 06:08:57 PM
Angela, Marty, Chris and family
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your love one. it was always good to see him when he would come to see Angela. Prayers are with you all.
Janet and Gene Money
Submitted by Janet and Gene Money on Oct 12 2017 03:08:38 PM
My sincere condolences to The family Marty,Chris and Angela as well as all his family!
As my Dad would always say to me “FLY HIGH”!!!!! R.I.P. CAPTAIN SMITH !!!🙏🏼✈️
Submitted by Jamie Gant on Oct 12 2017 12:39:22 PM
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