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George E. "Smitty" Smith, 94, of Cumberland, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Devlin Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Born March 26, 1923, in Centreville, Pa., he was the son of the late Mearle A. Smith and Nellie Mae (Wertz) Smith.
He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Virginia "Ginny" Smith; one brother, Melvin Smith; and two sisters, Ruth Morgrat and Bertha Nunamaker.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Smith was a Purple Heart recipient and earned three Battle Stars.
Smitty was an electrician, having first worked for Potomac Edison. For more than 30 years, he was employed by Sterling Electric Co.
Mr. Smith was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, where he belonged to the Fellowship Class and Men's Group. He was a 60-year member of Queen City Lodge 131, A.F. & A.M., 33rd. Degree, Cumberland Scottish Rite Bodies, Ali Ghan Shrine, where he belonged to the Ritualistic Unit, and was a DeMolay Dad for Cumberland Chapter of DeMolay.
Survivors include his daughter, Janis Loy and husband, Mike, Short Gap; two grandchildren, Andrea Kraft and husband, Will, and Ian Loy; the light of his life, great-granddaughter, Nora; sister-in-law, Emily Smith; brother-in-law, Irvin "Butch" Johnson; three nephews, Gary Smith and wife, Mary Ann, Dr. Ronald Smith and wife, Susan, and Kevin Smith and wife, Shari; many special great-nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Cheryl Atkinson and Terry and T.J. Himmler.
Friends will be received at Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., 202 Greene St., Cumberland, on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Queen City Lodge 131, A.F. & A.M., will conduct memorial services at the funeral home on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at noon at St. Luke's Lutheran Church with Pastor David Wright officiating.
Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park where military honors will be accorded by Ft. Cumberland Post 13 Veterans Honor Guard.
Serving as pallbearers will be grandson, Ian Loy, and great-nephews, Justin, Kristian, Jeremy, Adam, and Jordan Daniel Smith.
Memorial contributions may be made to either St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 1601 Frederick St., Cumberland, MD 21502, or to the Scottish Rite Children's Speech Language Disorders Clinic, P.O. Box 267, Cumberland, MD 21501-0267.
Published on December 25, 2017
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