Thad “Carrol” Smith passed away on Friday, April 25, 2008 at home with his loving family at his bedside. He was also known to family and friends as Pappa, Gramps, Grandpa, T.C. Carrol and Honey.
Carrol was born in Wannette, Oklahoma on July 17, 1922, to Thad and Dora Smith. He attended school in Collinsville, Oklahoma. He joined the U.S. Marines in 1942 and served in the Pacific during WWII. He met and married the love of his life, Helen Addy on April 5, 1945. Carrol worked for Chevron in the oil fields for 26 years in Avenal, Coalinga and Huntington Beach, retiring in Lemoore in 1973. He loved to go RVing with family and friends and the “Happy Campers” group. He got to make the trip of his dreams to Alaska with his wife and son in his motor home two years ago.
He is survived by Helen, his wife of 63 years; daughter, Beverly Johnson; son, Thad Jr; two grandsons, Thomas Donnell and wife Janet and Bryan Johnson; five granddaughters, Jennifer Molina and husband Edgar, Brandy Rodriquez and husband Inez, Serena Walker and husband Bob, Terrie Blanton and Carrie Smith, nine great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and two special nieces. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn LeBaron.
His family loved him very much and he will be missed.
We would like to thank Dr. Michael Moffett and Hanford Adventist Hospice, especially Ralfi, Christine and John for the care they gave him.
A Celebration of His Life will be held Saturday, May 10 at 4 p.m. at Jack Stone’s Barn in Lemoore.
Arrangements are under the direction of People’s Funeral Chapel in Hanford.