During the Korean War, he served as a helicopter mechanic with the Air Force. Smitty
had been a bus driver for Fort Frye Local Schools, retiring after 18 years of service. He
later retired from WASCO, following four more years. He was a member of the Lowell
United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post 750, in Lowell. Smitty enjoyed
camping, fishing and bird watching.
He was married December 5, 1952, to Roberta Phelps, who survives along with two
children, Jerry Smith (Annie) and Cindy Reed, all of Lowell; two granddaughters,
Jessica Ross (Tony), of Beverly, and Elizabeth Reed, of Marietta; two great
granddaughters, Ariane Pollock and Janessa Ross; one step great granddaughter,
Jacynda Ross; one step great grandson, Ethan Ross; one brother, Bill Smith (Barb), of
Lowell and a sister-in-law Iva K. Vance, of Wooster. He was preceded in death by a
brother Jack, and infant brothers Jimmie and Eugene.
Memorial services will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, February 9, 2013, in the social hall of
Lowell United Methodist Church, with Pastor Pamela J. Lashley officiating. A private
burial of ashes will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery, with Full Military Rites observed,
at a later date. The family will greet friends at the church for one hour prior to services.
It is suggested that memorials may be directed to either the L-A Fire and Rescue
Squad, P. O. Box 406, or the Lowell United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 332, both in
Lowell, OH 45744. For on-line condolences, as well as other resources, please visit