On the evening of November 8th, 2023, we gathered in Montgomery, Alabama, to witness Cecil Smith’s induction into the Alabama Road Builders Hall of Fame. Started in 2002 by the ARBA Board of Directors, the Hall of Fame honors the contributions of individuals and companies that have brought and continue to bring significant recognition to the State of Alabama in the transportation construction field. It was no surprise to anyone that Cecil Smith was chosen, having spent a lifetime dedicated to our industry.

The epitome of a bridge man, Howard Cecil Smith began his career in 1959 at just 20 years old. With a deep passion for bridge-building, he devoted himself to Scott Bridge Company and advancing infrastructure in seven states for over half a century. Through years of hard work, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge and profound wisdom, both in the bridge industry and life’s journey.

Cecil embodies the qualities of kindness and compassion in a truly remarkable way. His loyalty is unwavering, and his love is unconditional. He would give the shirt off his back to a stranger without a second thought. In every encounter, no matter how small, he exudes a genuine spirit that inspires those around him. A man of unwavering faith, Cecil firmly believes that no matter how challenging a situation may be, one must have complete certainty in the Lord. He often asserts this by stating, “You have to trust in the Lord.” He reminds anyone who asks that our faith in God can help us overcome any obstacle. Cecil’s steadfast devotion to his faith and his family is evident from the moment you meet him. Despite relocating frequently for work, his commitment to his loved ones never wavered. His daughter proudly shares that his love for his family is only matched by his passion for the Lord.

Cecil has had a lasting impact on many people as he moved from job site to job site and town to town. The numerous individuals he has guided on his projects over the years can attest to his dedication. They say he always arrived early in the morning to pray for the job and his team. Even though he is now retired, he can be found on his back porch early every morning, reading the Bible and praying for the safety of the crews and the soundness of the bridges being built.