Thomas David (T. D.) Smylie (88) was born in Corsicana, Texas on July 27, 1923. After a four year battle with pulmonary fibrosis, he passed away peacefully in his home June 25, 2012 with his devoted wife of 69 years, Leona, at his side. He is survived by two children, Pat Witta (Fred) of San Antonio and David Smylie (Donna) of Owasso, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Chuck Witta (Christina) of Fort Worth, Becky Witta Flummer (Jon) of San Antonio, and Kristi Smylie of Owasso, Oklahoma. He has five great grandchildren, Bethany, Zachary and Jackson Flummer and Sage and Issac Witta. He also has one brother, Bill Smylie (Betty) of Martindale and a special niece, Judy Chapman (Dick) of Little Rock, Arkansas.
He spent his early years in Forsan, Texas with his parents, T. D. (Senior) and Avie Smylie and his brother Bill. They moved to Blanco in 1937 where he graduated from Blanco High School in 1941. After serving in the Navy during WW II, T. D. began his 30 plus year career at Kelly AFB. Since aircraft was his lifelong interest, he truly enjoyed his work and retired in 1974. He and Leona moved to Blanco in 1979. He continued to be an active member of the Methodist Church and served on various community projects.
T. D. and his family are very grateful to Hill Country Hospice for their dedicated care. They are also thankful for their faithful friends who provided support and encouragement during this difficult time. Pall Bearers: Randy Busch, Jon Flummer, Keith Michal, Loris Perkins, R. K. Seals, and Steve Spivey. If desired, memorials may be made to Blanco UMC Scholarship Fund or the charity of your choice.
Services were held in the Blanco UMC on June 28, 2012 at 1:00 with Reverend Ken Greene officiating. Burial followed in the Blanco Historical Cemetery.