SSG. Tyler Smith

SSG. Tyler James Smith was born July 13, 1987, at Melbourne, Florida to Dan Allen Smith and Karla (Jeannie) (Michel) Smith. While serving in the United States Army, he was killed in Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 3, 2012, making his age 24 years.

Tyler graduated from Licking High School in 2006. He was saved at a young age and was a faithful member of the Licking Pentecostal Church, where he attended until he left for the Army.

He was united in marriage to Lara Riann Lingo on May 15, 2006. They were blessed with two children, son Wyatt age five, and daughter Carson age two.

Tyler was fun to be with, and made people laugh with his quick humor and stories, he loved to tease and was light hearted. He was someone who you could count on to have an opinion, and he wasn’t hesitant to share it with you. Most of all Tyler loved his family, and we are so blessed to have had him in our lives. He enjoyed the peace and quiet of being outdoors. He grew up hunting and fishing with his dad and brother, and taking Wyatt along as he got older, teaching him the skills of being an outdoorsman. He was wrapped around his baby girl’s finger and greatly adored her. He was an avid reader, having magazines and books everywhere. He loved spending time on Current River floating and swimming. When he first starting courting Lara, he would take Ethan fishing at Montauk, fish for a while, then spend the majority of the time at the snack counter where Lara worked. He knew he wanted to be in the military as a very young boy. When he was asked by classmates, after enlisting in the Army of why he joined, he said, “somebody has to do it.” It was his responsibility to do what he could. He loved his job and his fellow brothers in arms.

Preceding Tyler in death is his paternal grandparents, Don and Wilma Smith, maternal grandfather Charles Michel, and cousin Jackie Michel, and his father-in-law Michael Lingo.

Tyler is survived by his wife Lara Smith and children, son Wyatt and daughter Carson, all of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, his parents, Dan and Jeannie Smith, brother Ethan Smith all of Licking, Missouri, maternal grandmother Nadine Michel of Hartshorn, Missouri, uncles and aunts, Diana and Butch, Rhonda, Lonnie and Mary, Denny and Debra, Curt and Melissa, and Kelli, and a host of great aunts, uncles, and many cousins, his in-laws, Jan and Wayne Hansen, and Elaina Lingo, brothers-in-law, Adam, Aaron, and Dustin Martin, and sisters-in-law, Jessica Boyd, Amanda Yates and Brittany Lingo.

 Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 2 :00 PM at the Licking Penecostal Church with Rev. David Jett and Rev. Jerry Dodson officiating. Interment will be in Smith Cemetery of Texas County on Big Creek with full Military Honors and Honors Escort by the Patriot Guard. Arrangements under the care of Bradford Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at Donations may be made to the Tyler J. Smith Memorial Fund at Fisher House or donate through



  1. Mara Barton Strycharz
    Apr 10, 2012

    I’m praying for you all daily. Tyler was so special. I’ll miss knowing he is in this world.

  2. Ellena Borel
    Apr 11, 2012

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, during this difficult time. May God strengthen you during this time and in the years to come.

  3. Caroline Burnor
    Apr 11, 2012

    Our heartfelt sympathy, we wish you peace during this difficult time. May you find comfort in treasured memories of the timeTtyler blessed your lives. Caroline & Dee-Dee

  4. Pat & Jerry Moyer
    Apr 12, 2012

    Our deepest sympathy to your family. May God be with you in this time of sorrow.

  5. Tammy Taber
    Apr 12, 2012

    Our deepest sympathy to all of Tyler’s family. May God hold you in his arms at this difficult time and offer you great comfort. The Smith Family is a wonderful family that provides a great example of a Christian family. God Bless you all. Thank you to Tyler for serving his country so freely.

  6. Lisa Adey
    Apr 12, 2012

    With deepest sympathy,
    Steve, Lisa, and Tyler Adey

    Apr 12, 2012


  8. Scott and Mary Kimrey
    Apr 13, 2012

    We hold you all in our hearts and our prayers. God Bless You!!!

  9. Mike Moyer
    Apr 13, 2012

    Tyler was a very brave young man that came from a very highly respected family. I enjoyed having Tyler in the FFA program for all four years of high school God Bless You !!!

  10. Kathye Herndon Hyde
    Apr 14, 2012

    On behalf of my family and myself, I offer our deepest condolences in your loss. I pray that our Lord will hold you all in His arms and lovingly ease your pain. We all are proud of your Tyler and the way he lived his life to be an inspiration to others. God Bless.

    Kathye Hyde for
    Jessie & Viola Herndon & family

  11. Gary & Virginia Wilbanks
    Apr 14, 2012
  12. Viola Johnson
    Apr 14, 2012

    Pray that God has his hands and arms around you at this time of need and comforts you in this situation…Believe and know that your husband, daddy, and son went down as a HERO and will always be a HERO for fighting for our FREEDOM. I don’t personnally know you but I feel for the sacrafice that your family made for our freedom..God Bless you now and forever..R.I.P. Tyler Smith loved forever and never forgotten

    Apr 14, 2012

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for strength, healing and peace for your family. My husband is an active duty Marine and we are both from Birch Tree. We are so proud of Tyler. God has another hero in heaven. Blessings and Love to you all.

  14. Joanne Jones and Family
    Apr 14, 2012

    So sorry your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. There are no words to express how proud we are of Tyler for what he has done for his country. Thinking of you. May god bless

  15. Dale & Joyce Krewson
    Apr 14, 2012

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family, we did not know him , but only heard wonderful things about him and all the family.
    May God Bless you and we lift all the family up in our Prayers at this sad time, may God Bless & comfort you.

  16. Suanne Storm
    Apr 14, 2012

    I am so sorry for your loss of a terrific man. He will be missed by all who knew him. Three of my sons attended Licking School with Tyler and will miss a dear friend. I personally never knew Tyler but respect him very much for he gave his life for all of us. I do know his brother ethan and am so sorry he had to lose his brother and may god give you all the strength you need to get through this terrible time.

  17. Tyler was a courageous young man that is with the good Lord now. He was a blessing to us all and is now home. We will keep
    your family in our prayers.

  18. Jeremiah and Madoka Mason
    Apr 14, 2012

    Even though we may not physically be standing there by your side during your time of need, please know that you are never far from our thoughts. We stand by you in spirit as we all mourn the loss of another soldier, father, son, husband, brother, and friend. Know that he has taken a piece of us with him and he has left a piece of himself with us. As long as we keep him in our hearts, he is never far away.

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