Ai B. Smith III, 50

DEC. 28, 1962-AUG. 25, 2013

August 29, 2013
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Ai Benjamin Smith III, or "Smitty" to his friends and "Chip" to his family, passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, from complications from leukemia, which he battled since 2004.

Ai resided on Beaver Creek Road in Hagerstown, and had lived in the Hagerstown/Smithsburg area since 1992, when he moved here from his hometown of Ijamsville, Md.

Born Dec. 28, 1962, he was the son of Ai B. Smith II and Ann E. Smith of Ijamsville.

He is survived by three wonderful daughters, Kellie Lynn Mason and her husband, Chance, of Clarksville, Tenn., and Sarah Ann Smith and Samantha Tailor Smith, both of Hagerstown. He is also survived by his devoted fiancee, Karen L. Shumaker; and his loving sisters, Elizabeth A. Smith, and Susan L. Smith and her husband, Darby. He has several nieces and nephews whom he cared about very much. He is also survived by his closest lifelong friends, William "Bill" Shaff of Smithsburg and Donnie Wachter of Frederick, Md.

Ai is also survived by two former wives, Cynthia Smith of Smithsburg and Michelle Prather of Mount Airy, Md. He will also be survived by one granddaughter, Briley Mason (soon to arrive).

He was preceded in death by his great friend, Jeff Harshman of Smithsburg.

Ai retired as assistant superintendent of maintenance with the Frederick County Water and Sewer Department, and, for many years before that, was chief operating officer for Goodwill Industries in Frederick.

Ai was an electrician by trade, and was service manager for Ridge Electrical Systems, and also worked for R. Lee Fraley Electric. As a young man, he worked for Wachter Brothers in Frederick.

He was a member of the U.S. Air Force, which he joined out of high school.

Ai was a member of American Legion Post 168 and AMVETS Post 7 of Thurmont, Md., South Mountain Rod and Gun Club, Blue Ridge Sportsman's Association and the International Order of Red Men in Frederick.

Ai enjoyed the camaraderie of life very much and always was looking for laughter and the levity in any situation. He always felt one should never miss the chance to find all of the humor they could in all of life's situations because, after all, the bad times and ill feelings would come on their own anyway.

Ai was a staunch social and political conservative, and his most prominent cause was protecting our Second Amendment rights. Most anyone who spent any time with him was keenly aware of where he stood in life, yet he did not feel a need to press his beliefs on others as long as their views didn't infringe upon him.

Ai felt a great bond with all those he chose to call friends, and felt a loyalty and deep caring for them all.

The family will hold a small private memorial service, but all of Ai's friends are invited to attend a gathering to meet and share his memories, to be planned by his fiancee, Karen, at a date to be announced.

Ai requested that there be no flowers or donations. If you feel the need to make a donation, his family would suggest the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Maryland.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

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