Verlin H. Smalts, 96

March 01, 2011
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SEPT. 2, 1914-FEB. 28, 2011

Verlin Harry Smalts, 96, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at his home.

Born Sept. 2, 1914, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Harry Newton and Clora Haines Smalts.

He was a 1933 graduate of Hagerstown High School. He graduated from Susquehanna University and Columbia University, receiving his master's degree.

During World War II, he served 4 1/2 years with the Army Air Corps as an instructor in the tactical use of air chemical spray, smoke screens, and chemical and incendiary bombs.

He was a lifelong member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served several terms as a councilman as well as an active participant in various committees. For 35 years, he taught Sunday school and sang in the choir.

He was past president of the Southern Engineering Society, a member of Elks Lodge 378, Hagerstown, and Potomac Post 202 American Legion, Williamsport, Md.

He was a member of the Maryland Retired Teachers Association, AARP, Washington County Retired Educational Personnel Association and the Antique Automobile Club of America.

He was a science teacher and was the first full-time science supervisor for Washington County Schools.

Survivors include wife, Kathryn E. "Kitty" Rowe Smalts, married 68 years, of Hagerstown; daughter, Sharon M. Leasure, and her husband, Bill, of Williamsport; son, David H. Smalts of Glen Burnie, Md.; grandson, Dr. Christopher S. Leasure of Odenton, Md.; grandson, Timothy M. Leasure of Hagerstown; and granddaughter, Jennifer M. Sherrill, and her husband, James, of Ashburn, Va.

A memorial service will be at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. W. Gregory Martin officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the memorial service at the church Sunday, from 2 to 3 p.m. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD 21795.

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