WILMINGTON — William M. “Marrow” Smith, 74, peacefully passed away Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, at his home with his family by his side. He was born Dec. 7, 1946, in Kinston, the son of Charles Kersey Smith and Catharine Marrow Smith.
Marrow loved his childhood in Kinston and spending summers at Topsail Beach, where he was instrumental in starting the first EMS service. He attended Virginia Episcopal School, graduated from Grainger High School in 1966 and completed his education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Marrow’s interests included horses, boating, fishing and flying. He worked as an ISO pilot and instructor and had the honor of working with the Nighthawk Squadron, which flies the presidential helicopter Marine One.
Marrow also served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was in the presidential honor guard at the White House for President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Marrow recently retired and sold his business of 25 years, Wilmington Tank and Trailer, a licensed federal R-stamp inspection company for truck tankers.
Marrow was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Kersey Smith Sr. and Catharine Marrow Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Lynda Hackney; brother Charles Kersey Smith Jr. (Marshall); sister, Juliet Smith Barrus (Alban); stepdaughter, Stephanie Gray Hackney; stepson, John Rogers; step-grandchildren, Deuce, Charleigh Gray, Braxton and William; nephews, Alban Barrus III and Charles Barrus; and nieces, Courtenay Smith and Catharine Shranko.
A memorial service to celebrate Marrow’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 10, at Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel, Topsail Beach. Father Caleb Lee from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will officiate. Lunch will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Community Home Care and Hospice, 497 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 208, Belville, NC 28451; or Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel, 1040 S. Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach, NC 28445.
Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.