Tom Nevial Smith
BORN: July 5, 1925
DIED: January 21, 2014
LOCATION: South Charleston, West Virginia
Tom Nevial Smith passed awayJanuary 21, 2014 at Mon General Hospital from complications from mesothelioma. Born in Abingdon, Virginia July 5, 1925, he is preceded in death by his parents: Anna Dorabell (Hagy) and Jesse Calhoun Smith; his daughter Helen Ann Smith, and his son Mark Douglas Smith. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Smith; his son Dr. Lee B. Smith married to Dr. Vicki L. Everly; step-daughter Debbie A. Oliver, step-son Jeff Oliver married to Tracy L. Oliver; Tom’s brother Jack H. Smith married toDee Smith; in addition to 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Following graduation from Stonewall Jackson High School1943,Tomenlisted in the US Army Air Corps and servedas an armorer gunner in a B-17 for 30 months (602nd Bomber Squadron, 398th Bomber Group, 8th Air Force). He was Honorably Discharged at the rank ofGunner Sergeant after Central Europe Air Combat, over Czechoslovakia and Germany, and receiving the Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon World War II Victory Ribbon.Distinguished Unit Badge, and American Theater Badge.
Ever the student and life-long learner, Tom was graduated from Morris Harvey College 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and 46 years later received his Master of Arts in Military Studies from the American Military University at age 74. He worked as a Boilermaker in a number of power plants. With his expertise in Welding and metallurgical arts he became the president of the Tri State Section of the American Welding Society and lectured extensively for over a decade regarding welding issues. He served as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Vocational Education in Kanawha County for 10 years and oversaw the inception, design and curriculum of the Carver and Ben Franklin Career Centers. He also served as a Sales Engineer at Virginia Welding and later was the owner of Air-Weld Company.
For over 40 years he was a member of Charleston Lodge #153 of Ancient Free& Accepted Masons and is a Past Master. He has been a lecturer for the Scottish Rite and is a former Deputy of the Supreme Council. Tom was recognized for his contributions to Masonry and was conferred the 33rd Degree in 1973. He is also a member of the York Rite and Beni Kedem Shrine in Charleston where he was the ritualistic High Priest for 40 years. He served as past president and director of Ritualistic Cast of the South Atlantic Shrine Association.A life-long member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church he helped teach the Men’s Bible class for over 50 years.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Beni Kedem Temple, Attn: Transportation Unit, 100 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV 25301; Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Attn: Burn Center, 3229 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229-3095; or, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, Attn: Orthopedic Center, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502.
Memorial services will be held at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 900 Washington Street, Charleston, WV 25301, on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in the Bennett Chapel at 2 PM.
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