Mitchell Brandon SmithMay 18, 1957 ~ December 8, 2017 (age 60)
Mitch was born in Marietta, Georgia to parents Robert Gordon Smith, Sr. and Mildred Fuller Smith, who were both originally from the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia. Mitch is survived by an older brother, Robert “Bobby” Gordon Smith, Jr., a younger sister, Kimberly “Kim” Smith Spears, twin sons: Ross Allen Romilly-Smith and Taylor Brandon Romilly-Smith, and a daughter, Lauren Noelle Romilly-Smith. Mitch was married for 20 years to his former wife, Cheryl Romilly-Smith.
Mitch grew up in an Air Force family, moving approximately 10 times to locales in the United States, Germany and England. Mitch graduated from University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi with a BS in Architecture. Upon graduation, he moved to Southern California and began working for automotive supplier Hooker Headers in their graphics and technical writing department. He then moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he began a 29-year career with Lockheed Martin (formally known as Vought Corporation). He loved his work at Lockheed, especially working on NASA’s Space Shuttle and the Army’s Multiple Launch Rocket System programs. Mitch also worked with Compassionate Health Care as a consultant.
Mitch developed his love of cars from his dad, who restored many classic cars over the years. Mitch bought his first car, a 1965 Volkswagen Bug, from his dad and immediately “souped it up.” He owned many cars over the years, including a red Ford Torino, a Toyota Celica, Mitsubishi Lancer, as well as his pride and joy, a black GM Grand National, and a white GM Grand National. Besides Mitch’s Ford pickup truck, Mitch also owned a yellow Dodge Dart that he and a friend restored and made into a racing car. Mitch was a long-time member of the local GM car club, where he went to many events and made many life-long friends. He also shared a car workshop, where he loved spending his free time working on cars and hanging out with great friends.
Some of Mitch’s other interests were: Boy Scouts, camping, fishing, hunting, collecting WWI and WWII memorabilia, traveling and sightseeing in Europe, attending dances and discos to dance with pretty girls, “cruising” with his souped-up cars, and going to car junk yards for parts. Mitch loved to put on a tough guy persona, but was really a sweet guy underneath. He grew up very shy and was secretly very sentimental.
We will all miss Mitch very much and will always remember him as being such a nice guy.