On Friday, November 2, 2018, Warren Smith, LTC, USAF (Ret) died after a prolonged illness. Warren Smith enlisted in the Air Force in 1951. He was selected for Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in 1953. He was then selected for flight training and served his career as a transport pilot.
His most notable assignment was serving as a pilot for the Special Air Mission at Andrews Air Force Base where he served for 10 ½ years. In this capacity he flew former Presidents, members of the Cabinet, Congress, and Heads of State of many countries. He had the honor of flying Bobby Kennedy’s body back to New York after his assassination. Among the passengers were three widows, Ethel Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy and Coretta King.
After his retirement, he followed his talent for interior design and building. Along with partners, he built a small community of townhouses in Arlington. In 1987, he and his wife, Carol, purchased 250 acres of mountain property on the West Virginia line. He built his dream log home on the top of the mountain and developed a subdivision of large tracts where others could build and experience the joys of living in the mountains.
Warren leaves behind his beloved and devoted wife of 45 years, Carol Ashby Smith, his brother in law, John L. Ashby, his sister in law, Dorothy J. Laidlaw, extended family and many loving friends.
He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. No services are planned at this time. Donations may be made in his name to Disabled American Veterans Charitable Services Trust or a charity of your choosing.