Benjamin “Bear” Alexander Smith, 71, passed away May 31, 2021. Born in Corpus Christi, TX, he was the son of the late Robert and Amy Paul Smith. He was an Army Veteran where he served in the Vietnam War. Mr. Benjamin, affectionately known as Bear, was a Marine and Navy brat growing up. He was a car enthusiast and had a story for everything. Most importantly, he was a loving son, husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Trudy Taylor Smith; daughters, Juel Elizabeth Ann Wessinger (Brandon) and Dorothy Diane Ernst (Everett); son, Nathaniel Alexander Smith (Mariea); sister, Mary Katherine Horton (Bill); 4 granddaughters; 1 grandson; and 2 step-grandsons.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Hazel Florine Youmans.
A celebration of life for Mr. Benjamin with burial at Fort Jackson National Cemetery will be held at a later date.
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