OBITUARY

Richard John William Smith

November 28, 1932January 13, 2019
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Richard John William Smith, 86, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2019. Richard was born November 28, 1932 to the late Raymond F.W. Smith and Margaret (Littmann) Smith.

He proudly served his country as a United States Navy Aviator and retired after 31 years as a Captain in the United States Navy. He also worked for thirteen years with Metropolitan Life Insurance. Richard loved his family and always enjoyed escorting his wife, Betty to her many activities. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory are his two children, Eric Smith and wife, Terry of Grover, NC, Robin Smith of Hendersonville, NC; brother, Paul Smith and wife, Cathleen of Los Angeles, CA and sister, Mary Schommer of Belgium, WI.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Betty Elizabeth Smith and one brother, Ray Smith.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park in Gastonia, NC. Reverend Dennis Harper will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Gaston Memorial Park with Military Honors provided by the Gaston Honor Guard and the United States Navy.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 -3:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences and fond memories may be shared with the family at www.carothersfuneralhomegastonia.com.

The staff at Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park is honored to serve the Smith family.

Services

  • Receiving of family and friends Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Life Well Celebrated Memorial Ceremony Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Inurnment and Committal Service with Military Hoonors Accorded by the United States Navy and Gaston County Honor Guard Saturday, January 26, 2019
REMEMBERING

Richard John William Smith

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Margaret Crenshaw

January 23, 2019

Thank you for letting me know of your father's passing. I will be unable to attend the service, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Please continue to keep in touch. Love to you both Shawn and Robin Margaret

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