William Verlin Smoot
Memorial services for William “Bill” Verlin Smoot, 87, of McDonough, will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at First Presbyterian Church, Clarkesville, with the Rev. Matthew Henderson and the Rev. Lisa Graves officiating.
Mr. Smoot died at his home Oct. 2, 2018.
Born Feb. 25, 1931, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he was a son of the late Thomas Harden Smoot and Ada Abernathy Smoot.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Smoot was preceded in death by wife, Willie Deaton Smoot; brother, Thomas H. Smoot Jr.; and sisters, Hellen Smoot Sapp and Mary Smoot Sykes.
After graduating high school in 1950, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1951-54 in Mississippi, Japan and California.
Mr. Smoot graduated in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University.
He started his career with Douglas Engineering, but spent 30-plus years in Huntsville, Alabama, working with Marshall Space Flight Center at Redstone Arsenal. He worked in the early space program and later, the Apollo moon program, the Space Shuttle, Skylab and Hubble telescope.
Mr. Smoot had a knack for repairing anything and was often involved in family, neighborhood and church work projects. A favorite hobby was singing, especially four-part barbershop harmony.
He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Nancy Seeger Smoot; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra Smoot Tucker and Garry of Bishop, Dawn Willis and Tony of McDonough; Carol Seeger of Atlanta; brother, Archie Smoot and Eunice of Mocksville, North Carolina; grandchildren, Natalie Holmes, Kelly Tucker, Allie Jones; great-grandchildren, Sean Holmes, Savannah Jones and Sydney Hill.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church music program, 181 Jefferson St., Clarkesville, GA 30523.