Billy “Smitty” Smith, 71, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes on Wednesday, October 4th, 2023.\n\nSmitty was born in Kingsport, TN. After high school he joined the United States Marine Corps and proudly served for 22 years. After retirement, he worked at Gulfstream Aerospace; then later returned to the Beaufort Airstation where he spent many years as a Modification Coordinator with the Marine Aircraft Group 31.\n\nSmitty was a devoted father who is survived by his children: Sherrill (David) Grayson, Stephanie Brantley, Shantal (Tommy) Pike & Joshua Smith. Smitty was blessed with 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. \n\nAlso surviving is his brother: Bob (Hope) Smith and sisters: Juanita McCourtney and Jerrie (Steve) Dupree. As well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother: Iva Nell Smith and sisters: Jeannie Roland, Shirley Bradley and Sheila Roberts. \n\nSmitty was a lifetime member of AMVETS Post 70, VFW Post 8760 and the DAV organization. He was also an active member of the American Legion and the Beaufort Moose Lodge. Smitty loved the Lord and sincerely valued his time spent each week with his brothers and sisters in Christ as he was a long-time member of Cornerstone Christian Church.\n\nDuring Smitty’s 71 years on this earth, he treasured his family and The Marine Corps; enjoyed riding motorcycles, listening to music, attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, lowcountry drives in his classic Mustangs and regular camaraderie with his fellow community veterans at AMVETS. Over his life he has made many friends that he considered family. \n\nA service honoring the life of Smitty will be held at Cornerstone Christian Church in Beaufort, SC on October 12th, 2023 at 12:30pm. Full Military Honors will be rendered at Beaufort National Cemetery following the church service at 2:00 PM. A Celebration of Life Reception immediately to follow at AMVETS Post #70.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, as a tribute to Smitty’s life, the family asks that any donations be made to Cornerstone Christian Church 2301 1st Blvd Beaufort, SC 29902 and/or AMVETS Post #70 1831 Ribaut Rd Port Royal, SC 29935.