White County says goodbye to a beloved hometown hero

Posted By | September 29, 2014 10:45 am

Last Updated: September 29, 2014 at 10:49 am

For the small, tight-knit Eastland community, any loss is felt deeply. A loss of the magnitude of Joseph “Dude” Smith-firefighter, World War II veteran and friend to everyone he met-is nothing short of profound for the many lives he touched. The tribute from citizens and emergency services during Smith’s funeral on Sept. 21, in which 13 emergency vehicles followed the procession and residents lined the streets to pay their respects, was a physical representation of just how acutely heartbreaking his passing was for White County. Days after the service, Smith’s family came together to reflect on their favorite memories of the man they have loved so dearly. Read about the stories they shared in today’s edition of The Expositor.

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