Frank Lee Smith, 89, of Wilmington, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Born in Newton, W.Va., March 24, 1927, he was the son of the late James F. Smith and Geneva Rogers Smith.
Frank proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, where he was a signalman on the escort aircraft carrier USS Point Cruz during World War II. He was a 1949 graduate of WVU Institute of Technology. Frank lived many years in Bedford, Va., where he was an assistant product sales manager for Rubatex Corporation. Frank was an avid Civil War enthusiast and could detail its history in vivid color. He loved to hunt and fish and had a great sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Curtis; and one sister, Kathleen.
He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Hilda Fields Smith; one stepson, Patrick ‘Lee’ Cundiff of Danbury, Conn.; two stepdaughters, Susan (Chuck) Keener of Kure Beach and Regina (Lee) Steeneck of Southport; two step-grandsons, Bradley Steeneck and Darren Steeneck; nephews Bradley Smith, Chad Smith and Jim Chauncey; nieces, Pam Lefton and Sonjia Hammock; several grand-nephews and grand-nieces; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
A chapel service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington, with the Rev. Preston Wells officiating and military honors by the U.S. Navy. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2 to 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Smith Family Cemetery in Newton, W.Va.
The family would like to thank the staff of Trinity Grove Nursing Home for the excellent care they provided the past 4 ½ years.
In lieu of flowers, Frank had asked that memorial contributions be made to the Smith Cemetery Fund c/o Clay County Bank, P.O. Box 239, Clay, WV 25043; or Lutheran Services Carolina c/o Trinity Grove Neighborhood B, P.O. Box 947, Salisbury, NC 28145.
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