Gary F. Smith

Gary F. Smith

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Gary Franklin Smith, 76, passed away January 30, 2023.

A native of Westernport, Maryland, son of the late Raymond Franklin and Mary Lou Marsh Smith, he was a U.S. Air Force Veteran having served 1964-1968 with the 3rd Air Police Squadron based in Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam. From 1968-1971, he served as a police officer with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department; 1971-1992 he served as a Lieutenant with the Montgomery County, Maryland Police Department; 1992-2002 he served as a Captain with the Greer, South Carolina Police Department; and ultimately retired after having served 4 ½ years with the U.S. State Department International Police Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo.

Surviving are his wife, Janet Karen Matlick Smith of Taylors; two sons, Robert Raymond Smith (Sandra) of Charlotte, North Carolina and Steven Franklin Smith (Brenda Vulmer) of Henrico, Virginia; a brother, Daniel Smith (Jeanette) of Oakland, Maryland; a sister, Jeannie Combs of Broadway, Virginia; four grandchildren, Tyler Smith (Brittany), Hope Smith, Logan Smith, and Riley Smith; and three great-grandchildren, Chandler Smith, Caroline Smith, and Cambreigh Smith.

A private memorial service with military honors will be held at a later date.

The family is at their respective homes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a police department or Veterans group of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at

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