presents: “People of Huntington,” where we intend to profile as many residents of the Jewel City, from as many different walks of life, as we can. In our newest installment, we talk to Mr. Thomas Smith.

Do you have any siblings?

Yes I have an older sister and a younger brother.

Are you a morning or evening person?

I definitely have most of my energy in the morning

What are you most known for, especially among your friends?

I’d say I’m most known for having the best Dad jokes.  My kids will love and hate me for it some day.

What do you do in your free time?

When/If I ever have free time I like to just be with the family and maybe golf/fish when I have the chance.

What hobby would you get into if you had the time and money?

Definitely more golf but be able to do it all over the world.

If there were an Olympics for everyday activities, what would you have a good chance of winning a medal in?

Without a doubt it would be mowing the lawn.

If you had enough money to not need one, what would be your “job”?

I think I would just do more real estate investing and mentorship.  Getting your own deal is nice but being able to pass along knowledge and help someone get a good deal is much more rewarding.

What are some accomplishments you’re really proud of?

Right now, I’d say being able to raise our 3 little girls and see them learning/growing.  Ask me again in about 8-10 years and that answer may change.

Are you from Huntington? If not, what brings you to Huntington?

We moved here from Texas when I was 6 so I always say I’m from Huntington

What are three things you like best about Huntington?

I like the people, Marshall football, and its proximity to other places to be able to take day trips.

What are three things you’d like to change?

I do wish Huntington would give more opportunities for business start up and growth, I wish there were more kid friendly fun activities, and I wouldn’t mind seeing a Marshall championship in the near future. Go Herd!

What is/are your favorite restaurant(s) in the Huntington metro? Why?

Backyard is definitely a favorite because I love pizza in general.  Calamity is another one that we tend to get a lot because they have some really good wings and a chicken sandwish.  I also love some Hillbilly Hotdogs which I think is a fine delicacy and a local staple.

Favorite shop(s)? Why?

To be honest I don’t do much shopping.  I leave that up to my wife.  My Lowe’s transactions may disagree though.

Any local and/or small businesses you’d like to acknowledge?

I think all local and small businesses in the area still need help and acknowledgement because that’s a big portion of our community now.  We had a different small business during Covid, and we fought hard to keep it open.  With the support of the community, it was possible but the support is always necessary.

What is a food you’ve had that you enjoy that you can’t find in Huntington?

I wish Huntington had a really good sushi bar and sushi was all they served.

What are some things everybody should try at least once?

I hate to say it but Disney.  I was a scrooge going into the trip but, as those who followed my FB updates know, as the week went on it definitely grew on me.  I hope my wife doesn’t read this…

Where is the strangest place you’ve ever been?

I would say the old “haunted” hospital in Point Pleasant before it was torn down.  I saw a grown man scream that night (ok it was me)

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

I’ve received a lot of it.  I would say the best piece of advice has always been to keep good company because I truly believe you are a product of your environment.  I know from personal experience.

Pretend this is the yearbook, what is your senior quote?

Live simply so that others can simply live.

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