Sept. 15, 1944 – March 5, 2021
Wylie “Buddy” Matthew Smith, 76, of Tylertown, died March 5, 2021. He was born on Sept. 15, 1944, in Tylertown to Thaddeus “Hib” Smith and Mary Agnus Clark Smith.
Smith lived in Tylertown throughout his entire life. He served in the U.S. Navy as a boiler tech. He is a Vietnam veteran.
He retired as district manager after working 38 years at Williams Gas Pipeline, previously known as Transco. He started at the bottom and worked his way up to manager.
Smith was a pilot for over 50 years and has enjoyed a life-long hobby of flying with his family and friends. One of Buddy’s greatest pleasures was taking young kids flying. He enjoyed hanging out at the Tylertown Airport and making sure everything was taken care of there.
He was a member of Mesa Baptist Church and also the American Legion Post #56, where he served in the past as commander. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge Pine #383.
He is preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers, Duke Smith, Butch Smith, Fred Smith, John Smith, Charles Smith and Jim Smith and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Don and Lucille Bullman.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Donna June Bullman Smith; three sons, Matt Smith (Marcia) of Madison, Major Smith (Christie) of McComb, and Brad Stogner (Sheri) of Dexter; one daughter, Mendy Johnson (Scott) of Jayess; seven granddaughters, Mary Grace Smith, Hana Smith, Ashley Pittman (Dutch), Haley Olivares (Brandon), Haven Busbin (Evan), Heidi Johnson and Sydney Byrd (Ryan); four grandsons, Hib Johnson, Dakota Rayburn (Angel), Wyatt Rayburn (Rachel) and Shae Richardson; three great-grandchildren, Asa Pittman, John Paul Pittman and Maverick Byrd.
Pallbearers were Hib Johnson, Victor Plohetski, Buster McElveen, Bobby Lang, Robert Smith and Clark Smith.
Honorary pallbearers were JT Shepherd, Jacob Shepherd, Mark Shepherd, Tommy Smith, Mike Smith and Bruce Smith.
A service was March 8, 2021, at Sharkey Funeral Home with Scott Johnson officiating, burial in Rushing Cemetery in Tylertown.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: American Legion Post #56, 805 Morse Ave., Tylertown, MS. 39667.
Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit was in charge of the arrangements. Share condolences at sharkeyfuneralhome.com