November 18, 2022, 98, Goldsboro –
William Henry Smyk, 98, passed away early Friday morning at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. He was born in Brockton, Pennsylvania to the late Stephen and Julia Smyk on January 19, 1924. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ursula S. Smyk.
William’s military career began with the United States Army, where he served for 10 years. His passion was serving his country and he chose to continue to do just that by re-enlisting in the United States Air Force. He retired from the service after 22 years. In keeping with his passion, he worked in the Civil Service following his retirement from the Air Force. He was dedicated to serving his country in whatever capacity he could.
Outside of his career, William enjoyed spending time with his family. His wife, Ursula, was his first love and his family followed close behind. His free time was often spent bowling and golfing. William was never one to sit idle. Birdwatching was a pastime, but his greatest enjoyment was found in feeding the birds in his own backyard.
As dedicated as he was to his country, he exceeded this with his faith. William was a devout Catholic and was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, November 21, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church with Fr. Roch T. Drozdzik presiding. Entombment will follow in the columbarium at the church with full military honors.
William is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth S. Brantly, and husband, Dr. Philip K. Brantly of Goldsboro; his grandsons, John Brantly and wife Katherine, David Brantly and Bobby Brantly; great-grandchildren, Sarabeth, Brodie, and Olivia; and his brother, Joseph Smyk.
Memorials may be given in his memory to
St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
1603 Edgerton Street
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.