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In Loving Memory of
Rex L Smith
“Big Bad Rex”
Rex, age 91, passed into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at his home in Double Oak, Denton County, Texas. Rex was born October 29, 1925, in Martinsville, Indiana, the son of the late William Taylor Smith and Blanche Rose Smith. He had five siblings: James, Robert, Paul, Rose Marie, and Julia.
During WWII, Rex enlisted as a Private in the U S Army National Guard, 151st Infantry, on August 10, 1940, at the young age of 14. He was accepted for the U S Army Air Corp on August 5, 1941, receiving his flight training in Ellington Field, Texas, at 15. He was assigned as a Gunner to the 451st Bomber Squadron, and piloted a B-26 Bomber, also known as the “Widowmaker.”
He served in the European Theater from June 2, 1943 to July 21, 1945. During his tour, Rex received the European Theater Ribbon with a Bronze Star, American Defense Service Medal, Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters representing 55 combat missions, American Campaign Ribbon, and WWII Ribbon. His unit also received the Distinguished Unit Citation for missions in Regensburg, Germany, February 22, 1944; Ploesti, Romania, April 5, 1944; and Vienna, Austria, August 23, 1944. Rex was Honorably Discharged as a Sgt. on July 27, 1945, at 19 years old, after serving 5 years in World War II.
Rex is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cathy Elizabeth; three daughters: Rebecca, Amanda, and Molly; and six grandchildren: JR, Marcus, Darian, Jaeden, Madison, and Cadence. Rex was loved by many, feared by some, and he will undoubtedly be remembered and respected by everyone that crossed his path. He was a man’s man, a spiritual believer, and was thankful to the Lord each day for giving him the family that he dearly loved. He enjoyed making people laugh; he had a sense of humor that could make a grown man blush, and often did! His girls named him Big Bad Rex when they quickly realized he was their bodyguard and that they would always be safe by his side. His heart overflowed with love for his girls and he was never afraid to show them his soft gentle side and tell Cathy how beautiful she was each day. He was a provider and protector to his family and friends, a loving husband and father, and he will be missed by all that knew and love him. There will never be another Rex L Smith and we will never be without you in our hearts. Rex will be interred at DFW National Cemetery in July.
A memorial service will be held on June 10, 2017, at 11:00am at Chinn’s Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 100 Chinn Chapel Lane, Copper Canyon, Texas 75077. The family requests that gifts in honor and memory of Rex be directed to Chinn’s Chapel United Methodist Church.