Terry Smutney, the voice of the disabled in the Eastern Sierra, died in March from lung cancer and complications associated with Gulf War Syndrome. Friends and relatives remembered Terry at a Celebration of Life over last weekend.
The weather turned beautiful on Saturday as Terry Smutneys friends gathered at his house in McGee Creek to celebrate his life. Guests loaded tables with food and Sue Ebersold, a close friend of Terrys, made a custom cake in memory of one of Terrys favorite places.
A color Guard presented the flags in a solemn show followed by Gary Meyers, former CEO of Mammoth Hospital and current Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra supporter and volunteer, leading the walk down memory lane of Terrys hurdles, goals and accomplishments. Kathy Copeland of Disabled Sports was among the friends who spoke.
The ceremony ended with Ruth Harrell leading everyone in Amazing Grace, with a bagpipe player marching over the hill and out of sight echoing the chorus to the song.