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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Jamie Garner lit a candle on Oct 12 2017 12:26:48 PM
To Marty and the rest of your family. "BT" was one of the very first Capts I flew with at PIedmont back in 79 and I will always remember him as one of the Very Best Capts I had the honor to fly with, and learn from. What a great gentleman with an ever present smile. My sincerest condolences to all of you during this difficult time. "BT" will never be forgotten by those of us who were lucky enough to know him. RIP "BT" , Hang in there Marty you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Jim Morris on Oct 12 2017 11:21:09 AM
Johnny Privette lit a candle for Bernard Trigg “BT” Smith
Johnny Privette lit a candle on Oct 12 2017 08:35:57 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. It was an extreme pleasure knowing and working with BT. When I was a crew scheduler with Piedmont he was always willing to help get trips covered if needed. He always did it with a smile that was contagious. To Marty and the rest of the family I will keep you in my thoughts. May God bless all of you and give you comfort.
Submitted by Johnny Privette on Oct 12 2017 08:35:17 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I had the privilege of flying with BT many times. A wonderful captain and man.
Submitted by Wayne moneymaker on Oct 11 2017 07:16:51 PM
My sincere condolences to the Smith family. BT and I were hired together and shared a lot of upgrading. We shared a lot of stories. He'll surely be missed.
Submitted by Jim Mallory on Oct 11 2017 06:15:21 PM
BT was a fine gentleman and pilot. He was the definition of what a Captain should be. He was a great model for a younger pilot as I was as when I flew with him as his First Officer. He was a great friend. I will miss him dearly.
Submitted by Skip Evans on Oct 11 2017 04:37:07 PM
Deepest sympathies to Martie and family. BT was a legend will be deeply missed. His Brothers and Sisters of The Piedmont Silver Eagles
Submitted by Colleen Fields on Oct 11 2017 04:14:17 PM
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