Hero and Philanthropist


Meet Earl and Willie Mae Smith, two of the most generous, caring and interesting people I’ve ever known.

Earl and Willie Mae recently gave a contribution to the GVMH Foundation to support Cardiac Rehab and the Outpatient Treatment Center.  To show our thanks we hosted the couple for lunch.  Chef Anthony pulled out all the stops and the meal was wonderful.  The company was even better.

Whitney Smith, Kristal Moran, Brigitte Loyd and Megan Cunningham were there to represent Cardiac Rehab, Deanna Hendrich to represent the Foundation and I had the honor of attending as well.

I’ve known Earl since 1998 and I’ve considered him a friend since the day I met him.  He is a veteran of the Army and served our country for 27 years.  Earl defended our freedom in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.  Earl was a member of the special forces, had over 200 jumps as a paratrooper and serve as personal security for the King of Jordan.’

Earl and Willie Mae have been married for 21 years and over the course of their marriage they’ve visited 40 countries and taken 28 cruises.  We were in awe as they shared stories of different parts of the world and experiences they’ve had while traveling.  I asked Willie Mae which trip was her favorite and she told me it is always “the last one”.  No matter where they’ve been or what they’ve done, the most recent trip was always the best because they love to travel.

They were touched that we honored them with the luncheon but we were even more touched and humbled to be honored with their presence.  Hero, philanthropist and two of the greatest people a person could ever hope to know.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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