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Alvin Otis (A.O.) Smith

Alvin Otis (A.O.) Smith, 85 passed away quietly October 30, 2011. He was born in Gunter, Texas on April 10, 1926.  He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II on the U.S.S Iowa.  A.O. married Gwendolyn Cox, October 27, 1950.   He graduated from North Texas State Teachers College and taught elementary school for several years.  In 1956 he began his career at Bell Helicopter. He traveled extensively for Bell, spending time in Saigon, South Vietnam and Tehran, Iran.  He retired after 30 years in 1986. After retirement he became a Director at Point Bank of Pilot Point. He became a deacon in the First Baptist Church of Argyle, Texas and served on many committees.  He also served as President of the Argyle Chamber of Commerce and was active in Argyle School Board elections. He loved people and was admired and respected by those that knew him.  
A.O. and Gwen moved to Newport Beach, California in 2003 where he lived the duration of his life.
He is survived by his beautiful wife of 61 years Gwen, daughters Kay Davis and Annetta Madrey, grandchildren Amy Davis, Brandon Davis, Chad Davis and Devyn Davis, Greg Madrey, Shonda Johnson, his brother Charles Ray Smith and his wife Carol.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Family Support Network, 181 W. Orangethorpe, Suite D, Placentia, CA 92870.