Harry "Red" Edward Smith Jr., 83

May 10, 2009

JUNE 8, 1925-MAY 9, 2009

KEEDYSVILLE - Harry "Red" Edward Smith Jr., 83, of Keedysville, Md., died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. His loving family was with him.

Born June 8, 1925, in Cavetown, Md., he was the son of the late Harry Edward Smith Sr. and Charlotte Elizabeth Harper Smith.

Harry attended schools in Washington County and the Industrial School in Hagerstown. After he left school, he worked for the Western Maryland Railway Co. in Hagerstown as a machinist helper.


It was during this time he decided to join the Army to help protect his country. He was stationed in England, France and Germany. He received the Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon and the Marksmanship Badge for the MKM03 rifle. He served with Company B, 733rd Railway Operation Battalion, as a locomotive engineer, and his time of service was from 1943 to 1946.

After his discharge from the service, he worked for the Hagerstown Rubber Co. and the cement company in Security, Md. His time of employment there was from October 1954 until he retired June 19, 1987.

Harry was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church of Keedysville, Md.

He loved to play baseball in his younger years and pitched for different leagues around Washington County. He also loved to hunt, fish and bowl.

In addition to his wife, Lola Virginia, survivors are two daughters, Deborah Sue Painter of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Robyn Elizabeth Ford and husband, James, of Boonsboro, Md.; three grandchildren, Stacey Sue Hambleton and husband, Ronnie, of Hagerstown, and Lewis Jacob Painter Jr. and James Edward Painter, both of Martinsburg; two great-grandchildren, Ronnie Lee Hambleton Jr. and Brandi Lynn Hambleton, both of Hagerstown; two brothers, Robert Allen Smith and wife, Catherine, of Hagerstown, and David Patrick Smith and wife, Gloria, of Boonsboro; three sisters, Iva Mae Rannells of Hagerstown, Jean Dailey of Hagerstown and Joanne Barajas and husband, Willie, of Dallas, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Reno Smith, George Henry Smith and Joseph Lee Smith; one sister, Marjorie Madeline Perkins; three nephews, Jeffrey Smith, Tommy Perkins and Steve Smith; a son-in-law, Lewis Painter; and one great-granddaughter, Angel Noel Hambleton.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, with the Revs. David B. Kaplan and Darrell L. Layman officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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