Death of Ralph Lee Smith

SHINNSTON — Ralph Lee Smith, 83, of Clarksburg, formerly of Morgantown, passed away surrounded by his family at 3:50 a.m. Friday, October 31, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Marshville, WV, on August 5, 1931, a son of the late Waldo and Iva Marie Strother Smith.

Surviving are three sons, Eric D. Smith and his wife Gina Stewart, Morgantown, Bruce L. Smith and his wife Denise, Morgantown, and Phillip J. Smith and his wife Sherrie, Kauai, HI; four grandchildren, Heston, Hayden, Elaina and Chase; two great-grandchildren, T.J. and Marcus; his longtime companion, Marie Reynolds, Clarksburg, and her children, Donnie Reynolds and his wife Diane, Jane Lew, Dawna Vecchio and her husband Dr. Mark Vecchio, Bridgeport, and Marie’s grandchildren, Christopher, Alisha, Kristian, Adrea and Briana; her great-grandchildren, Ansley, Avery, Bailee and Rylee; his former wife and mother of his children, Pauline Smith, Morgantown; one brother, Dale Smith and his wife Ruth Ann, Louisa, KY; one sister, Bernice Moore and her husband Gene, Clarksburg; his sister-in-law, Angie Smith, Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Argel Smith.

He had worked as an electrician, Local IBW 596, Clarksburg. He was a 1949 graduate of Victory High School. Ralph was a Korean veteran, having served with the United States Army. He was a member of Aurora Lodge 43 A.F.&A.M., Newburg, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason.  He was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and an associate member of the Retired School Employees. He loved to watch birds and travel and was always known for helping other people.

Friends may call at the Perine Funeral Home, 1348 S. Pike St., Shinnston, from 2-8 p.m. Friday, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 8, 2014, with Pastors Jeff Perine and Gina Stewart officiating.  Interment will be in the Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens, Morgantown.

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The Perine Funeral Home is honored to serve the Smith family.