Thomas Donovan "T.D." Smith

Thomas Donovan "T.D." Smith

April 13, 1920 - March 27, 2019

Thomas Donovan “T.D.” Smith went to be with the Lord on March 27, 2019 in Burnet, Texas with his loving wife Peggy at his side. He was born to John Taylor and Mary Margurarite (Donovan) Smith on April 23, 1920 in Bertram, Texas.

T.D. Was raised in the Shady Grove community north of Bertram, Texas. Upon completion of high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army to do his part in the war effort. T.D. was a radar maintenance technician and specialized in anti-submarine warfare. He served two tours of duty in the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign during WW II. For his service he received the American Defense Service Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal, a Distinguished Unit Badge, one Service Stripe and four Overseas Service Bars.

When T.D. returned from the Army he had an eye for a beautiful young lady by the name of Peggy Fry. She worked at the Burnet hotel where T.D. would go daily and have a cup of coffee. He was a bit shy to Peggy at first so every time he would leave the hotel coffee shop he would drop a nickel in the juke box and play “Peg of My Heart” on his way out the door. Eventually this paid off and the two of them would spend the next 71 ½ years together. T.D. ran a television, radio, and electrical repair shop in their house until they moved to Austin in 1957 when he went to work for the University of Texas in the electrical Engineering department until he retired after twenty-five years.

After retirement the family moved to Liberty Hill for a short time before settling back home in Burnet. In his retirement years T.D. spent many years in HAM radio clubs and was an active member at the Vanderveer Street Church of Christ in Burnet. He enjoyed participating in church activities, teaching bible class and was an ordained minister. As a minister he baptized one of his grandsons, and conducted a few funerals., Most importantly he set an example for his children, grandchildren and all who knew him as a great Christian man.

T.D. was also an accomplished keyboard player and composed several musical pieces. He would record his songs, burn them to CD’s and give them to his grandchildren and friends as Christmas Gifts. He also recently completed his memoirs, “Radio Days”.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Smith of Burnet, Texas, daughters Shirley Kaye and husband Lyle of Burnet, Texas, Julie Smith and husband Randy of Cedar Park, Texas ten grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews extended family and friends also survive.

T.D. is preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.

The family will have a private graveside service at Post Mountain Cemetery with Mr. Tim Denton officiating and the Highland Lakes Honor Guard furnishing military honors. A memorial service will be held at Vanderveer Street Church of Christ at a later date. An online guest register may be signed at www. PutnamCares.com

Arrangements made by Putnam Funeral Home and Crematorium, 145 Texas Avenue, Kingsland, Texas 78639. (325)388-0008.

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