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Thomas Smith

Thomas Hatcher Smith Jr.

Tuesday, October 12th, 1965 - Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
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Thomas Hatcher Smith, Jr. (Tommy) passed away after an illness on July 29, 2020 in Pensacola, Florida.
Tommy was born in Pensacola, Florida on October 12, 1965 to the late Thomas Hatcher Smith and Lavada A. Smith (Salvant).
He is survived by his loving wife, Valerie Cheree Smith (Hampton), his precious daughter, Naomi Anne Smith and his great brother Shawn Smith.
Tommy was a lifelong resident of Pensacola and had many lifelong friends. He was a gentle and kind man who will be missed by us all.
Tommy and Cheree were married in April 2008. He loved his wife very much and took very good care of her. She really never had too much to worry about in their daily life. He did not particularly like riding in her little yellow car. He would tell everyone he had to watch Chuck Norris movies to get his man card renewed after a ride. They had a lot of fun together and he made her laugh a lot.
He loved his daughter, Naomi, so much. She was always on his mind and he wanted the best for her. He had recently bought her a truck and had just finished upgrading it, so that his little girl would be safe. She teased him about his three toes and his belly.
He was very active HVAC man who took pride in his work. He had loyal customers that depended on him for their service. He loved his AC work and was proud that his customers loved him. He would be finished working for the day and someone would call, and he would go back out to get them started up if just for the night.
Tommy enjoyed hunting, his dogs and fixing things around the house.
Tommy loved living his life. In 2014, he was very ill and was on life support for over two weeks. Since then he had very many health issues, including diabetes. He came through them all with grace and rarely complained of any pain. He always told everyone he was going to keep on working and he did.
He was a good Christian man and would ask people to come to church with us quite often. He believed that Jesus was the Son of God who was born, sacrificed, and rose again and now he has eternal life in Heaven. He would want all of his friends and family to believe that also.
A memorial service for Tommy will be held at Waters & Hibbert Funeral Home, 124 West Gregory Street, Pensacola, Florida on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Pastor Tim Coleman will be delivering the service.
Due to the current health crisis, only a small number of people will be allowed to attend the memorial service. The service will be livestreamed and will be available for viewing for a year.
We will be meeting at Tommy and Chereeā€™s home after the service. All are welcomed to attend.
Waters & Hibbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Bill Bassett

Posted at 11:07pm
I met Tommy when we played baseball a Baars Field (Gulf Beach / Perdido Bay). He played on an opposing team but we were both pitchers and shared a passion for the game. We became teammates later that same year on the All-Star team and attended high school together at Escambia. Although we lost touch after school days, Tommy was one of those people who you didn't ever forget. He was a soft spoken, kind soul with a good sense of humor. I recall a time after a ball game at the park when we were just talking about pitching. Tommy had a great curve ball, but he was praising me for how hard I could throw my fastball. The conversation was more or less about how each of us wanted to have the other's best pitch. He told me he'd love to have my fastball, but I always wanted to have his curve ball. I told him the fastball is great until they start swinging earlier and figure out how to hit it; but his curve ball took a lot longer to figure out than my fastball. He grinned about that one. I never quite mastered the curve ball like he did and never could hit his consistently when we played against each other. Tommy was a great person and it sounds like he lived a good life with a super family. I'm sad for his passing and offer my heart felt condolences to Tommy's family. I'm also sad I missed more conversations with him over the years. Our earthly life is truly too short; but our life beyond this world is eternal. May God's grace be with you all during this difficult time. To Tommy: I'll see you again old teammate! We'll definitely work on my curve ball. God bless and keep you always....
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Ann Bramlet

Posted at 02:52pm
I have known Tommy since elementary school, I am so sad to hear that he has passed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will be missed. Heaven has gained another angel.
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Suzanne zemke

Posted at 10:25pm
Tommy was a great man! He was a life long friend of my husband's but I meet him only 6 years ago when I moved to pensacola. He was always a pleasure to spend time with. We went to his house and hours passed so quickly with the guys telling old stories! I know he is smiling down from heaven. Tommy will greatly be missed! Though we would love to share our respects at his service... we send our upmost sympathy to all of you and know he is in his place of righteousness! We send love and comfort - The Zemkes
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