MARTINSBURG — Chester Lee “Chet” Smith, 77, of Martinsburg, passed away Friday, March 23, 2012, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Born Aug. 26, 1934, in Union Furnace, Ohio, he was preceded in death by his parents, Chester V. and Ruth W. (Primmer) Smith. He graduated from Dublin High School in 1952 and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and retired as chief petty officer. Always a hard worker, he worked for Western Electric-AT&T-Lucent Technologies for 27 years. A self-proclaimed “master gardener,” he was dedicated to his farm in Martinsburg. Chet enjoyed his summer visits at their cabin in Lincolnville Center (Norton’s Pond), Maine.
He treasured his relationship with his family and is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Gail A. (Howe) Smith; brother, Marion “Mick” Smith; brother-in-law, Walter K. (Laura) Howe; children, Thomas (Shawn) Smith, Timothy (Paula) Smith, Teresa (James) Jones, Tracy “Cecil” (Anna) Smith, Jeffrey (Krisan) Smith; honorary son, Doug Helton; grandchildren, Timothy (Kelli) Smith, Jacob Smith, Jerod (Alyssa) Smith, Alicia Smith, Nicole Jones, Jenna Smith, Hayley Jones and Alexander, Audrey, Claire and Frances Smith, Lacey (Dale) Kirby, Riely (Katy) Thompson; eight great-grandchildren; six nieces and two nephews; special neighborhood friend, Bob (Sue) Stewart; many friends and his breakfast buddies.
Arrangements are entrusted to Crouse-Kauber-Sammons Funeral Home-Johnstown. Memorial service to be held Thursday, at 10:30 a.m. at Martinsburg Church of Christ 126 E. South St. Internment in Martinsburg Methodist Cemetery. Vic Slutz, Steve Liming will be Celebrants.
Memorial donations to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon. Many thanks to Chet’s church family, Knox County Hospice, his barber Charlie Weeks and Country Court Nursing Center for their love and support during his illness.
An Online memorial can be located at http://www.cksammons.com. “His constant good example, Always taught us right from wrong; Markers for our pathway that will last a lifetime long.”Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.