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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #30 on: November 14, 2020, 11:08:00 AM »
Yep, Smoak always went above and beyond to make sure the ladies were comfortable, but he never let us short-change ourselves.  He pushed us (both students and instructors) to go farther than what we ourselves thought we could do, with amazing results.  I used to watch him carefully study a shooter who was having difficulties.  He had this uncanny ability to evaluate body type, shooting position, steady hold factors, and the six steps to firing the shot all at once, and then patiently work with the shooter to get them all lined up.  He would see things no one else picked up on.  He used to good-naturedly make fun of the way engineers think and talk, but I think he was one at heart and that's how he understood their thinking so well  :).  He was a red hat, well, really a green hat, loooooonnnnggg before he actually received the hats.  He used to joke that it was the story-telling that held him back from going for the red hat, but when he finally crossed the chicken line - wow!  What a great storyteller he was!  His stories were passionate and dripping with admiration, respect, and awe at the tales that were coming out of his mouth. 

Here is a picture of "Story Time with Uncle Smoak":

He captured the hearts of so many Appleseed students with his stories!

I agree with everyone else that we must absolutely come together to honor this great man!  I would be willing to help organize a gathering of instructors and students who loved Smoak.  It must include cookies (Bruce?).
Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains." - Patrick Henry

The American Constitution is remarkable for its simplicity; but can only suffice a people habitually correct in their actions, and would be utterly inadequate to the wants of a different nation.  Change the domestic habits of the Americans, their religious devotion, and their high respect for morality, and it will not be necessary to change a single letter in the Constitution in order to vary the whole form of their government. - Francis Grund 1837

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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #31 on: November 14, 2020, 02:04:56 PM »
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We spent many hours on Smoak's back yard range with our .22s. Enjoyed every minute of it. He will always be here in spirit.

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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #32 on: November 14, 2020, 05:31:41 PM »
First Memorial Volley in honor of Smokingun was at Isaac Davis Memorial Range today. Picture attached.
More to come!
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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #33 on: November 14, 2020, 05:35:51 PM »
The first memorial volley for Smoakingun was at Issac Davis Memorial Range. Picture attached.
There will be more to come for this modern day patriot
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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #34 on: November 14, 2020, 05:55:35 PM »
I don't frequent these forums often but felt compelled to share some memories of Glen.  Everything I would say has already been said so I thought I'd add some pics and other memories.  Like most of you I met Smoak through Appleseed and earned my patch using one of his loaner rifles.  We quickly realized we had a common interest in obscure Military Surplus Rifles.  At the end of the shoots I attended I would always try to bring something different to share and enjoy.  Smoak and I would always compare notes on our most recent acquisitions and decide what we would shoot at the next event.  Everything from Trapdoor Springfield's to 1941 Johnson Rifles, if it used gunpowder, Smoak wanted to shoot it.  Whenever I heard from Smoak I knew something interesting a fun was afoot.  I'm going miss my friend and pray for Christi and family....

 

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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #35 on: November 16, 2020, 10:39:25 PM »
Thanks everyone for your thoughts, prayers, photos, and memories. I have really appreciated reading over everything!
Glen Smoak was my father-in-love, and the day he passed 11-10-20, was my 30th birthday. :'(
I know he was beloved by this community.
We will miss him dearly. Here's a photo I have from our wedding.
Can you believe I got him to dress up in a 3-piece suit!?!
He would have done anything for me : )
Feel free to reach out to me at 904-315-4069, or on Facebook "Anne Elizabeth Smoak." I'm Greg's wife.
I haven't been on this forum since my first Appleseed in.....2011 I think? I had the bolt action rifle and somebody took a video of me haha.
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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #36 on: November 17, 2020, 07:18:19 PM »
I'm so very sorry for your loss sewveryblessed, and on your birthday no less  :'(
I remember him raving about what a special and awesome lady Greg was marrying.  I also remember him complaining about how much he despised wearing a suit, so I knew right then and there what a special person you must be LOL!  I can't even imagine what you and Greg and the whole family must be going through right now.  So many people are fervently praying for your mother-in-law.  She is such a sweet and wonderful woman.  I work right down the street from Shands - I'm going to text you with my phone #, so if there's anything I can do for your family, please let me know!  I can bring food, or offer you a place to crash or shower, or whatever!  Please be assured of my prayers, sending love your way <3.

Thanks everyone for your thoughts, prayers, photos, and memories. I have really appreciated reading over everything!
Glen Smoak was my father-in-love, and the day he passed 11-10-20, was my 30th birthday. :'(
I know he was beloved by this community.
We will miss him dearly. Here's a photo I have from our wedding.
Can you believe I got him to dress up in a 3-piece suit!?!
He would have done anything for me : )
Feel free to reach out to me at 904-315-4069, or on Facebook "Anne Elizabeth Smoak." I'm Greg's wife.
I haven't been on this forum since my first Appleseed in.....2011 I think? I had the bolt action rifle and somebody took a video of me haha.
Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains." - Patrick Henry

The American Constitution is remarkable for its simplicity; but can only suffice a people habitually correct in their actions, and would be utterly inadequate to the wants of a different nation.  Change the domestic habits of the Americans, their religious devotion, and their high respect for morality, and it will not be necessary to change a single letter in the Constitution in order to vary the whole form of their government. - Francis Grund 1837

"In the prevailing political theory of the founding era, the family was considered one of the essential pillars of republican virtue, and it not only needed to be nurtured, but also protected from the tyranny of the government.... American revolutionaries and their descendants understood marriage and the family to be schools of republican virtue. -Mary Lyndon Shanley, Review Essay, 27 Law & Soc. Inq. 923, 926

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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #37 on: November 17, 2020, 07:36:09 PM »
What a tragic loss.  I never met them but Greg & Christie sound like kindred spirits (as are all Appleseeders).

Christie, Anne and all of the family will be in my prayers. 

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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #38 on: November 17, 2020, 07:58:17 PM »
I am so sad to hear this. God heal Christie and bless her and all his loved ones with comfort and peace.
My father didn't serve in WWII.  It wasn't for lack of trying.  He attempted to enlist 3 separate times.  The last time the doctor said he was too short.  He responded that he signed up again because he said he saw a poster that was recruiting short men to be pilots.  The doctor said, "Short, yes.  But this is ridiculous."  In my book, he's still a hero.

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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #39 on: November 17, 2020, 08:37:03 PM »
This is terrible news.  Glen's family has my sympathy.

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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #40 on: November 17, 2020, 09:45:18 PM »
Not on the board much any more as thousands of miles way, but do catch up occasionally. (Mr. Pete was right, they do not know what AS is out here...)

Having been to numerous AS, Ladyseeds, Instructor events, and other things and stayed at Smoak and Christi's, Smoak having worked tirelessly to fix issues with my Kidd, helped him cook for events...I am beyond stunned by this news. Thank you Florida cadre for doing any and all things to support Christi and the family. They lost a fine dad, husband, neighbor.... and we lost family.
   
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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #41 on: November 17, 2020, 10:03:41 PM »
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Your Legacy is eternal Glen.
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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #42 on: November 17, 2020, 10:29:09 PM »
 I am honestly at a loss of words hearing this tragic news.
My thoughts and prayers are inbound for everyone touched by this.

I never had the opportunity to meet Smoak but he will never be forgotten by his Appleseed Family.
RIP Smoak, you will be missed but never forgotten.
Hopefully a quick and total recovery for Christi.
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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #43 on: November 17, 2020, 10:39:52 PM »
I just talked about them today. I felt so welcome in their home last year for a Ladyseed and was telling people of the experience
My prayers are with the family

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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #44 on: November 18, 2020, 12:39:57 AM »
I never had the honor to meet them, but this tragedy hurts all of us and leaves a permanent hole. Like all the Appleseed family, I add prayers for comfort, peace, and healing.
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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #45 on: November 18, 2020, 09:21:47 AM »
UPDATE on Christi Smoak #3
Since the last update, light sedation has continued. Tubes remain including a breathing tube which also prevents Christi from speaking even if she was able. Brain swelling seems to have lessened somewhat and Christi squeezes with her right hand to request. She is not in a state to be informed about Glen and communicate about it.

Just in from Anne Smoak, (son Greg’s wife):
Surgery for screws and plate on Christi’s arm is scheduled for today. It is extremely high risk and dangerous because she's on blood thinners. We don't have a time on surgery yet.


Loving, devoted family remains close by. Son Greg is still the only one allowed in. Daughter Elizabeth has not been allowed to visit mom....not even once!
No arrangements have been made for smoakingun as the accident investigation is not complete.
Please keep the prayers going.
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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #46 on: November 18, 2020, 09:35:22 AM »
Thanks for the update on Christi.  This loss is so hard to put into words.  He was an amazing man, a wonderful parent, and a fabulous Patriot.  As we stumble from the weight of his tragedy, remember what he would want us to do; dust ourselves off, eat a cookie (with ice cream) and teach others with passion, precision, and heart.  I love you all.
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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #47 on: November 18, 2020, 10:01:48 AM »
I never met the man, but, boy, I wish I did.
He sounds like one hell of a patriot, father, friend.
We are diminished by his passing.
Let us all increase our efforts for liberty, in his memory!

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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #48 on: November 18, 2020, 02:23:24 PM »
Lord, we don't understand why our brother should suddenly be removed from us through a tragic, unexpected death but Lord we trust You to soothe away the hurt in time for shall not the God of all the earth do right. Father we also pray for miraculous and supernatural healing and comfort. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #49 on: November 18, 2020, 08:41:02 PM »
I had so much fun with you Brother.
I loved our late night chats
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« Reply #50 on: November 18, 2020, 10:24:08 PM »
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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #51 on: November 19, 2020, 01:37:22 AM »
Just posting to send my condolences.

God bless Glen and his family and friends everywhere, who are hurting from this terrible tragedy. I'm so sorry.

May Jesus heal your hearts-- all of you, and bring Glen into your Kingdom, under your peace. Amen.

I'm praying for everybody who's feeling pain over this loss. Be blessed brothers and sisters.

Good night.

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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #52 on: November 19, 2020, 02:38:50 PM »
Godspeed, Patriot!

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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #53 on: November 20, 2020, 08:48:20 AM »
UPDATE on Christi Smoak #4
Christi made it through the arm surgery but she now has pneumonia and the breathing tube remains. They think the antibiotics are working but she still has many challenges from all the broken bones, ribs, “punctured heart”, stroke that has happened. 💔 🙏

Most sincere thanks to all contributing to the GoFundMe.
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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #54 on: November 21, 2020, 07:50:21 PM »
Really appreciate the updates.  My heart hurts for the family -- I hope they can find comfort in all of the fond memories of Glen and Christi seems to be a very strong woman capable of pulling through all the challenges she is facing and will continue to face.  Dear Lord, I pray for Christi's recovery and her comfort in knowing that Glen is safe with you. 

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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #55 on: November 22, 2020, 01:13:12 PM »
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Re: We lost a good one
« Reply #56 on: November 23, 2020, 12:01:30 PM »
Update on Christi Smoak #5
It will be 2 weeks tomorrow since the multi car accident.
Christi remains in critical condition and has now had a tracheotomy. She’s fighting pneumonia while loving son and daughters families continue the vigil.
Prayers for Smoak family.
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« Reply #57 on: November 23, 2020, 01:22:17 PM »
I was out of town (and therefore off the forum) when this happened so I did not find out until last Tuesday.  It was a shock to say the least and I have had to take a week to be able to process this.  Smoak was at almost every event I worked when I was an active Instructor and I knew him fairly well.  I will miss him but I will not forget him.  We must persist and continue on with the mission.

RIP Smoak

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