Fred M. Smith of Beaufort was buried Thursday. He planned the service as successfully as his career in engineering. There was much music, for he loved to sing. Scripture from the 90th Psalm: "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." His pastor spoke of his humility and compassion.
It was said Fred has a new body now. Eight years ago, diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, he slowly became imprisoned within a body that could only maneuver by voice or nodding his head. Yet Fred went on. He mentored life's blessings. He shared with others his faith and benevolence.
Others with longer friendship can better share how Fred brought renewal into their life. Fred went repeatedly with a group to the nearby Ridgeland Correctional Institution. There he shared with inmates, "There is more than one kind of prison in a life. Belief in God can enable you to deal with it."