Byron Thomas Smith

Born: Tue., Nov. 28, 1967
Died: Tue., Feb. 9, 2021

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Thu., Feb. 18, 2021
Location: - Not available -


3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Thu., Feb. 18, 2021

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Byron Thomas Smith of West Columbia was born November 28, 1967, to the late Roscoe Albert Smith and Ruth Roberta Coons Smith. He is survived by his mother, sister, Angela Smith McGee (Tracy), and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins. 
Byron attended Mt. Vernon Nazarene College and the University of South Carolina where he earned a bachelor's in philosophy, served as a graduate assistant in geology, and was a graduate student in geography. He was a member of the South Carolina Geography club for a number of years and won awards for his competitions with the National Geography Association. He participated in a number of community services and missions, locally, nationally, and internationally. He was a life long member of Columbia First Church of the Nazarene.
Medically, Byron was quite an anomaly and suffered from Ehlers Danlos Disease as well as Tourette  Syndrome. He was the subject of a couple of case studies for his unusual diseases, one of which he was hired to edit the published version for the Medical Association. 
Byron loved and cherished his God, his entire family, his special friend, Monica, and his dog, Rexie. Special thank you from the family go to his home health nurse, Brent Raley, his physical therapist Chris Sample, Dr. Leslie Stuck, Dr. Barry Feldman, Phyllis Williamson, Dr. Terry Norton, Dr. Horvath, Dr.  Derderian, Dr. Hicks, and many more health care doctors, nurses, and staff that gave him the ability to accomplish so much. The family also sends our gratitude to the wonderful staff and friends of Columbia First Church of the Nazarene and Suburban Baptist Church for their support, love, and comfort during these difficult times.
Services will be held at the sanctuary of Columbia First Church of the Nazarene 901 St. Andrews Rd. Columbia, SC 29210at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 18th. Friends and family will be received after the service. Donations can be made to Columbia First Church of the Nazarene, Columbia, South Carolina. 

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Nancy Gaydos & Joseph Neeley
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
He had a good voice and really enjoyed his singing and we are glad to know him and his family. God bless him and his family.

Karen Rollins
   Posted Sat February 13, 2021
So sorry for your loss. I remember Byron from when I attended First Church of the Nazarene. Prayers for everyone.

   Posted Mon February 15, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing Byron singing in the choir. He will be missed. My prayers are with the family during this time of loss.

Kenneth Barsky
   Posted Wed February 17, 2021

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Julie Barsky.

Aunt Ruthie and Cousin Angela, I am so sorry for your loss. Byron was a special being sent from God to fill our hearts with love and understanding. He will always be in my heart. I love you both. Cousin Julie and The Barsky Family

Megan Hobbs and Dawn Whittle
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. -Matt 11:28

Lean into the Father during these times that are so trying. Remember that grief, though always present with you will become more manageable over time. At first we are in a box with our grief, it is so large that it keeps hitting us, knocking us down, relentlessly. Over time our grief gets smaller and we are able to move about the box more freely, but grief will still knock into you randomly from time to time.

We are here to sit in the box with you. We love yiu

Myra Grimes
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
We are so sorry and saddened at the loss of Byron. It was such a pleasure to get to know him through Columbia First Nazarene. Our daughters enjoyed taking care of "Little May" his guinea pig years ago when he was away. We will surely miss his smile, his sincerity, and seeing him sing in the choir. May you find peace and God's comfort during this most difficult time.
Tim, Myra, Bess and Molly Grimes

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