UNION — The Miracle League of Union County Field at Timken Sports Complex has a permanent reminder of someone who was an important part of the league and other local youth sports.
David Smith (1963-2015) was a longtime employee of Wallace Thomson Hospital, working as a transporter in the hospital’s radiology department. His sister, Nancy, is also a longtime WTH employee and continues to work there.
In addition to transporting patients throughout the hospital, Smith also refereed for Union County Recreation Department sports, and he was an avid fan of The Miracle League of Union County. Smith’s friends said he liked to watch Miracle League games, as well as all other local youth sports, whether he was refereeing or not.
Several of Smith’s co-workers decided to memorialize him in a way that would represent his impact on the community.
“We wanted to do something different because he had such and impact on children and sports,” said Stacy Cochran, also a longtime employee of the Wallace Thomson Hospital Radiology Department.
“Everybody loved him. He always asked about everyone’s children, and if they were in the paper, he was the first to tell us.”
Some of Smith’s co-workers from the radiology department and other departments at the hospital began to collect donations for a fitting memorial for Smith — a bench to be placed at The Miracle League of Union County Field at Timken Sports Complex. The bench was put in place earlier this month and was officially donated by “friends of David Smith.”
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.