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KEYSER, W.Va. Alfred H. Smith, 85, of Ridge Street, Keyser, transitioned from the life he knew to his eternal resting place on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Martinsburg.
Born June 29, 1932, in Keyser, to the union of the late John H.M. and Martha E. (Smith) Smith. He also was preceded in death by his former wife, the mother of his children, Mary L. (Twyman) Smith; a daughter, Anita Renee Smith; an infant grandson, Terry A. Smith; five brothers, Andrew, Lawrence, Perry, John "Son" and Harold "Pete" Smith and two sisters, Dorothy Williams and Margaret Smith.
Mr. Smith served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War Conflict. Later in life, Alfred worked for and retired from Westvaco Luke Mill after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Washington-Smith Post American Legion 152 in Keyser, and Audrey-Stewart Post 5957 in Piedmont.
A former Golden Glove boxer in the military, Mr. Smith enjoyed many hobbies; he enjoyed pitching horseshoes, shooting pool, gardening, traveling and sports, especially football and basketball. He was an avid Cleveland Browns fan and loved to watch television; his favorite shows being "The Jerry Springer Show," "The Young and the Restless," "Fred Price," and old westerns.
Surviving are his daughters, Margo M. Dixon and husband, Charles of Hopewell, Va. and Terri A. Smith and husband, Rodney of Keyser; three brothers, Richard Smith and Robert Smith, both of Keyser and Ronald Smith of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Betty Brown of Keyser and Gloria Freeman of Columbus, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Terrance A. Smith and wife, April, T'Shayla Smith, Marissa Dixon, Porscha Watkins, Kiana Washington Murray, Lucas Dixon, Morgan Dixon and Rodney Smith II and 13 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Trenton, Terron, Stephon, Amaya, Kiera, Amari, Gavin, Jalyiah, Syrianna, Nyshaun, Cameron and Jordan and host of other relatives and friends.
He adored his family and was an exemplary role model. He touched many lives and was an inspiration to everyone who met him. He will always be remembered for his contagious laugh, and his amusing personality.
Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Darnell Allen officiating.
Interment will be in the Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser. Graveside military honors will be accorded by Post 13 American Legion Honor Guard, Cumberland.
Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mr. Smith's obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.
Published on December 26, 2017
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