Bernard Trigg “BT” Smith



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