William T. “Billy” Smith, 75, was on his way back to Madison County Towing from Royston last February 19 when his tow truck left the roadway on Hwy. 29 and went into a creek.
The accident took his life, leaving behind a myriad of family, as well as numerous friends he had made over his many years in law enforcement, emergency services and finally as a tow truck driver.
In September, his wife of 27 years, Brenda Smith, said she was surprised when she heard that Smith’s name was going to be included on an international “Wall of the Fallen,” located at the Hall of Fame and Towing and Recovery Museum in Chattanooga,Tennessee.
“I had never even heard of it,” she said. Madison County Towing’s owner, Ray Brooks, received the information and was eager to pass it along to Smith’s widow. On Sept. 21, the day of the ceremony, Brooks and his wife, Ann, along with Mrs. Smith and many of her and her husband’s family members made the trip to Chattanooga for the ceremony and unveiling.
The “Wall of the Fallen” is dedicated to the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of service within the towing and recovery industry.
Smith said she is very proud and pleased on her husband’s behalf.
“I think it is an honor, I’m not sure he would have liked it, he was very reserved, but I think it is wonderful for him and his memory,” she said.
At 75, Smith was not yet ready to retire, his wife said. She said he enjoyed meeting and helping people. His long career included stints as a Danielsville police officer, a Madison County deputy (he was head of courthouse security when it was first started at the county complex) and he worked with Madison County EMS.
Smith has three children; Aleta Nalley, Letitia Smith and Chris Smith, along with two stepsons; Lee and Ray Brown. He also had eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Smith noted that a number of them are, or plan to be, involved in public service, following in the footsteps of her husband.
Jack Darrell Fortson Sheriff (Ret.)
11/14/13 at 11:26 AM
Billy worked with us at the Madison County Sheriff's office as a Deputy Sheriff for several years and was well known for the job that he did.
We thank him and really did appreciate having known Billy, He was a very good person.