Thom was a graduate of Fulton County High School and continued his education, graduating from Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary.
He met Susan in 1969 while working at a department store, where Susan worked as a security guard. Following a robbery, the staff was shaken up, and Thom, always a gentleman, insisted on walking Susan to her car at the end of the day. They married in 1972, and shortly afterward, Thom, who served in the United States Navy, transferred to the Pentagon.
After five years of marriage, Thom and Susan welcomed their first child, Tara, and three more followed — Thom, Tama, and Todd.
During his time at FBC Hagerstown, he was blessed to have the opportunity to visit the Dominican Republic with Operation Christmas Child.
Tama Cress, Thom’s daughter, said her dad’s passion was leading people to Christ and helping them to form a lasting and loving relationship with the Lord. He was very passionate about discipleship and teaching others to share their love of Christ with the world.
He was a part of several service organizations, including the Sons of the American Revolution, and he was a member of the Faith Gospel Singers for many years.
In his spare time, Thom loved spending time with his family, fishing, reading, and coin collecting. He also enjoyed watching Atlanta Braves baseball and Falcons Football. “Most of all, he loved to preach. Even on vacation, he had a knack for finding an empty pulpit and volunteering to fill it,” Cress said.
Luther A. Smith and Clyde Louise (Connell) Smith, Thom’s parents, and his son, Thomas C. Smith, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his loving wife, Susan A. Smith, and their children, Tara C. Fritz and husband, Thomas; Tama C. Cress and husband, Michael Jr.; Todd C. Smith, and daughter-in-law, Grace McCallum; seven grandchildren: Taylor, Mikey, Carmen, Cici, Charity, Ava and Caroline; two brothers, Ray Smith of Arizona and Wayne Smith of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will occur at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a Gideon Bible may be purchased and donated or go to Donate, and dedicate the donation in Thom’s memory.
Photos submitted by Tama Cress