Tommy Smith, Jordan's father, was serving in Afghanistan with the National Guard when Jordan passed away. Source: WBRC video
JASPER, AL (WBRC) -
Monday evening, family and friends attended the visitation for 17-year-old Jordan Smith, one of three teens who perished in a plane crash last week near the Walker County airport.
Tommy Smith, Jordan's father, has only been in town for a few days. He's in the National Guard and was away in Afghanistan when he got the horrible news about his son.
It's still a lot he doesn't know about the accident. He says his only concern right now is dealing with having to bury his son.
"I'm holding strong for my wife and other two boys," Smith said.
Tommy Smith and his family are getting a lot of support during a very difficult time. Hundreds of people were there for Jordan's visitation.
"That has helped me and my wife get through this. Just people we don't even know come up to us told us how much they love Jordan."
"I wish people could see him for love he had, had such a big heart," family friend Savannah Gilbert said. "He was always such a happy kid, do anything for anybody wish people knew him for the happy person he was."
Authorities say Jordan was flying the plane that crashed last week in Walker County. He, along with 17-year-old Jordan Montgomery and 19-year-old Brandon Ary, were all killed.
Jordan was a student pilot and his family says flying was his passion.
"I flew with him on Father's Day and that was my Father's Day gift. He was good at what he did," Smith said.
According to FAA records the plane Jordan and his friends flew that night was not registered to fly. Jordan's father couldn't tell us anything about why his son got into that plane.
"I've not even had a chance to get into that…my wife hasn't been able to make funeral arrangements until I got here. That's what my main focus has been," Smith said.
Smith says he doesn't know how life will be without his son. He hopes to deal with the heartbreak by relying on the fond memories.
"I'm gonna remember Jordan the way he lived .This is just a step to bury the body but my son I will remember him how he lived."
Smith says his son was not a typical teen. He was very outgoing and responsible. He worked at Cafe Bills, a restaurant in Jasper.
Jordan was a junior at Meeks High School and a lot of his classmates were at the visitation tonight. His funeral was held after the visitation.
Monday, March 5 2012 9:24 PM EST2012-03-06 02:24:01 GMT
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