|TSGT Paul Smith, Jr., (USAF Ret), 82, of Spencer, died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at home.|
He was born May 29, 1935, at Harman, Randolph County, a son of the late Paul W. and Mamie Gloria Pennington Smith, Jr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Smith; sister, Helen Arbogast; and stepson, John Short.
TSGT Smith is a retired 20 year decorated veteran of the USAF. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Air Force Commendation Medal w/1 OLC, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal w/3OLC, the Air Force Longevity Service Award w/4 OLC. After retirement, he was a truck driver.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Smith; daughter, Donna Riffle of Elkins; son, Paul C. Smith also of Elkins; stepdaughter, Donna Stelmack of Spencer; stepsons, Marshall Short, Jr. and Robert Short both of Longmont, Col. And Jeremy Ibbeson of Clarksburg; sisters, Peggy Smith of Cabins, Jessie Pratt of Broadway, Va., Mary Parkinson of Atwater, Ohio, Ruth Kline of Linville, Va. and Kathy Black of Harman; brothers, Richard Smith of Mt. Crawford, Va., Stanley Smith of Teague, Texas, Dean Smith of Red Creek and Gary Smith of Dry Fork.
A funeral service will be conducted at 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 30 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Russell B. Stump officiating. Burial will be at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, February 1 at the West Virginia National Cemetery, 42 Veterans Memorial Lane, Grafton, WV 26354, with full military honors.
The visitation will be from 3-5 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com