Morgan T. Smith, age 85, of Yankton, died Friday, October 10, 2003, at Avera Yankton Care Center, Yankton.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2003, at Ray, Cantrell & Wintz Funeral Home, Yankton. Inurnment will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Yankton.
Memorials may be made to the Yankton Teener Baseball, P. O. Box 299, Yankton, SD 57078.
Morgan was born October 3, 1918, in Scott County, Virginia, to Charles T. and Maxie (Fleming) Smith. He lived in Scott County, Virginia, until the age of five and then moved with his family to Kingsport, Tennessee. M.T. lettered in football, track and baseball during high school and played in the first East/West Tennessee football game. M.T. starred in football and track at Yankton College. During his sophomore year he lived in the Robert and Hazel Kaar home in Yankton. On July 31, 1939, he married Elaine Gurney at Bristol, Virginia.
He served in the United States Army, enlisting in the Army Air Corp on December 15, 1941, as a cadet and received his training in the Southeast Command. He was sent to India as a 2nd Lieutenant serving in the Air Transport Command. M.T. flew 96 missions over the Hump into Burma and China with food and ammunitions drops to General Stillwell's troops, and hauled gasoline to fuel the P40's and P45's for General Chenault used in keeping the China-Burma road open. Morgan also flew the mail run into most major cities in India where the U.S. had troops. Advancing to Captain before returning to the U.S., he was assigned the Ferring Command for a short time in Memphis, Tennessee, and then was assigned to the Pentagon where he worked on redeployment of aircraft from the European Theatre to the South Pacific. He returned to Yankton in June 1945 and finished his final year at Yankton College.
M.T. started working for the Fred H. Leach Insurance Agency, and in 1949 he established the M.T. Smith Insurance Agency. He was a longtime official of football, basketball and baseball in northeast Nebraska and South Dakota. He served on the Yankton County School Board and helped organize Junior-Junior Baseball for kids with Frank Duffy and Kip Larson. He assisted in the formation of the Quarterback Club, Junior Chamber of Commerce and Hillcrest Country Club, serving as president. He was inducted into the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Athletic Hall of Fame and Yankton College Hall of Fame. The Sertoma Club awarded him "Service to Mankind." He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Elks Club.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law: Dr. Morgan Jr. and Patricia Smith of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Roger and Ann Smith of Yankton; daughter and son-in-law, Louise and Perry Marker of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Michele and her husband, Patrick Dougherty, Joshua Gifford, Jaime Smith, Sally Smith and Molly and her husband, Christian Evans; great-grandson, Ryan Dougherty; brother, Holiday Smith of Kingsport, Tennessee; and sister, Pauline O'dell of Silver Springs, Maryland.
His parents; his wife, Elaine on February 25, 1999; and two brothers, Ernest Smith and Jack Smith, preceded him in death.
October 13, 2003