Phillip R. Smith, 93, a resident of the Harpertown-Gilman Road, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Davis Memorial Hospital.
He was born Aug. 28, 1919, at Petit, a son of the late Jacob M. and Rhoda Allender Smith.
On July 20, 1940, at Monterey, Va., he was married to the former Georgia Lea Workman Smith, who preceded him in death Nov. 14, 2004. They had celebrated 56 years of marriage.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Surviving are one son, James M. Smith and wife, Luwana of Elkins; and two daughters, Dena Griffith and husband, Don, and Patty Crissman and husband, Jay, all of Elkins. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Laura Sigley and husband, Scott, of Clarksburg, April Smith of Virginia Beach, Va., Marsha Griffith of Beverly, Tom Phillips and wife, Lynn, of Gloucester County, Va., Lisa Caruso and husband, Vince, of Wheeling and Sheila Healy of Elkins; and two stepgrandchildren, Seth Crissman and wife, Ana, of Texas, and Fae Skyla and husband, Robert, of Louisiana. Nine great-grandchildren, Cassie and Cole Sigley, Shae Jones and Addison Carney, Megan and Jamie Phillips, Vincent and Anna Caruso and Brody Healy; one stepgreat-granddaughter, Sienna Skyla; one great-great-grandchild, Aiden Sigley; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Lily Mae Isner, also survive.
Also preceding him in death were one brother, Norman Smith; and three sisters, Agnes Wilmoth, Edna Workman and Genevieve Moore.
Mr. Smith was a member of the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC) where he worked at Camp Thornwood in Pocahontas County. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 544th Engineer Boat-Shore Regiment in the Island of Honshu. He had also worked for Kisler Leather Co., Channel Grocery, the city of Elkins and Stuart McNunn Construction Co. He was a member of Elkins Church of the Nazarene for more than 50 years. He served on the church board and as an usher. He and his late wife served as church custodians for many years.
Friends may call from 5 until 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday from the funeral home chapel. Pastor Terry Burgess will officiate, and interment will follow in Mountain State Memorial Gardens near Gilman. Full military rites will be accorded at the gravesite by members of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars and West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard Program.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkins Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 50, Elkins, WV 26241, in memory of Mr. Smith. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Phillip R. Smith. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.