Smith to mark 90th birthday
Clyde Smith of Batesville will celebrate his 90th birthday Saturday at a party in his honor at 5 p.m. at Italian Grill.
A room has been reserved for the event, said his wife, Juanita. “Anybody can drop by that wants to drop by to wish him a ‘Happy Birthday,’” she said.
Smith was born Feb. 9, 1923, at Broken Arrow, Okla., but spent most of his life in Batesville. His parents were Oliver and Eva Smith.
Smith spent 25 years working at various service stations in Batesville, worked eight years for Ronnie Dowdy Trucking, a couple of years at Sears and 12 years as custodian at Cushman School.
Smith said he spent some time in Wenatchee, Wash., and in Phoenix.
A veteran of World War II, he went into service in March of 1943 and was discharged on June 28, 1946.
Upon induction, he was put on a ship in Newport News, Va., to go overseas. Partway across, the ship started sinking, Smith said. Just before it went under, another ship came alongside and rescued the servicemen.
“They got me off it just in time,” Smith said.
He spent most of his military years unloading ships, first in North Africa and the remainder in Calcutta, India.
For more information about the birthday celebration, call the Smiths at (870) 612-8666.