The Bryan Times today, is reporting that longtime Bryan Fire Chief Merit Wallace Smith of Bryan, died Thursday at Bryan Care and Rehabilitation. He led the department from 1964 until his retirement in 1979 and was a firefighter for 36 years, beginning that long career with the Fayette Fire Department back in 1943. His grandson Joel DeLong is a current Bryan firefighter.
Along with his late wife, Dorothea Mae Smith, the couple operated Smith Welding Shop and Smith Water Ball Company. They were also the grand marshals of the 2007 Bryan Jubilee parade. Smith was 96 years old.