Warren J. Smith
ZENITH — Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalms 127:3
Mr. Warren J. Smith, 89, of Zenith, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at Greenbrier Valley Medical following an extended illness.
He was born January 25, 1922, in Gates, W.Va., a son of the late Patrick Harvey and Texie Lou Kenney Smith.
Warren was a decorated Veteran of WWII, entering service on October 13, 1944, into the 399th Infantry Antitank, 100th Division. He served overseas for 16 months. He served as Gunner 1st Class on the 57mm anti-tank cannon. He received the following citations: Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, European Theater ribbon with one battle star, Occupation Medal and Presidential Unit and Presidential Citation Award.
After the service, he was a farmer, and then worked for J. M Huber Corp. for 40 years as an area supervisor, retiring in 1995. For over 30 years he was a Volunteer Special Deputy Sheriff for Monroe County. He was also a life member of the American Legion, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, member and Past Master of Monroe Lodge No. 77 AF & AM, Ronceverte Chapter No. 21 Royal Arch Masons, Greenbrier Commandry No.15 of Lewisburg, Greenbrier Valley and Monroe County Shrine Clubs and a charter member of the Union Memorial Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Coy Smith; daughters, Loretta and Barbara; brothers, Roscoe, Melvin, John, and Have; sisters, Sylvia Clarkson and Jean Crosier.
He is survived by 12 children, Roger W. Smith (Judy) of Gap Mills; Doris Brown (William) of Roncerverte; Patrick H. Smith (Martha) of Dublin, Va.; Carl E. Smith (Janet) of Zenith; George H. Smith (Tanya) of Galax, Va.; John W. Smith (Tamarah) of Peterstown; Frank M. Smith and Colleen Boothe of Salem, Va.; Thomas W. Gee (Janice) of Radford, Va.; Charles D. Gee of Union; James R Gee (Darlene) of Pulaski, Va.; Martha and Richard Miller of Louisville, Ky.; Patricia and Jim Davis of Union; 24 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 3, at the Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home in Union with Revs. Mark Shafer and Paul Broyles officiating.
Burial will follow in the Carmel Cemetery in Gap Mill.
A private family visitation will be held Friday evening from 5 to 6 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Military honors will be conducted by the WV Honor Guard and Masonic Funeral Services will be conducted by Monroe Lodge No.77 AF & AM.