GUILFORD LAKE - Robert W. Smith Sr., 74, died at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Salem Community Hospital.
He was born Nov. 22, 1937, in Erbacon, W.Va., the son of the late Norva E. and Flora M. Williams Smith.
Before his retirement in 1990, Mr. Smith had worked at General Motors in Lordstown for 20 years, where he was a WEMR in the skilled trades and served on the shop committee for 18 years. For the last 10 years he worked there, he loved his job as the administrative assistant to the shop chairman Al Alli.
His passion was fishing, boating, hunting, playing cards and, most of all, spending time with his grandchildren, who brought him great joy.
He was a 40-year member of the Charity Masonic Lodge of Deerfield; served in the U.S. Navy; was a lifetime member of the Salem AMVETS 45; was a member of the American Legion of Bridgeport, W.Va.; was a 32nd degree Mason; was a member of the Tadmor Temple of the Shrine; and was a proud member of United Auto Workers Local 1112.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy (Rogerson) Smith, whom he married Dec. 31, 2004; three sons, Allan D. McKinney of Hanoverton, Robert W. (Mona) Smith Jr. of Canfield and Lawrence Michael (Barb) Smith of Salem; four daughters, Brenda (Louie) Zannetakis of Lordstown, Debra (Matt) Hutton of Beloit, Michele (Dale) Burge of Hanoverton and Pamela (Bobby) Reese of Keystone Heights, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Nancy (Mike) Moore of Wheeling, W.Va., and Susan (Bill) Joseph of Wheeling; a brother, Derl Smith of Sebring; a sister, JoAnn Hull of Weston, W.Va.; his lifelong friend, Leroy Everhart of Steubenville, 23 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
His first wife, Catherine Lavonne McKinney Smith, whom he married May 10, 1958, preceded him in death April 12, 2003. Four sisters and two brothers also preceded him in death.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Dr. Bernard M. Oakes officiating. The Deerfield Charity Masonic Lodge will hold a Masonic service at 7:15 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be at Woodsdale Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Salem Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
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