Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he was the youngest of 12 and last surviving child of Adam and Elizabeth (Jamieson) Smith of Glasgow, Scotland. A graduate of Youngstown’s South High School, he began his career with Ohio Bell just prior to enlisting in the signal corps during World War II, where he served honorably as a technical sergeant. After the war, he returned to the telephone company, eventually retiring as a supervising engineer. He treasured his friendships with his telephone family.
Upon moving to Clayton 34 years ago, he became active in the Warwoman Volunteer Fire Department and was extremely proud when that association honored his years of service. He was a lifelong Presbyterian and a good neighbor living among good neighbors.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; 11 brothers and sisters; and his beloved wife, Viola Grace (Irving).
He is survived by: Lou (Shields), his wife of more than 57 years; four children, Leslie Howe and Adam Smith, both of Knoxville, Tenn., Robert of Huron, Ohio and Jeffrey of Grant, Fla.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous loving nephews and nieces.
Calling hours will be held from 5-7 p.m. today at Beck Funeral Home with a service immediately following. Burial will take place Saturday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Youngstown, Ohio.