Charles Ellsworth Smith

April 8, 1934October 25, 2021

Charles Ellsworth Smith, 87, of Harrisonburg, VA, passed away on October 25, 2021.

Charles was the son of the late Sterile Daniel Smith and Ruth Nell Channells Smith. He was born in Mouth of Seneca, WV, and grew up in the Franklin/Riverton area of WV. He later moved to Harrisonburg, VA and in 1953, married Gerleen “Gerri” Roberts.

He was dedicated to serving his community and keeping it safe. He served in the National Guard of Virginia. Charles was a Lifetime volunteer member of the Harrisonburg Fire Company No. 1 and Lifetime member of Harrisonburg Rescue Squad. Another passion of his was raising money and walking for the March of Dimes Walk America especially after the birth of his grandson who was born early with special needs. During his working years, he worked for W.M. Menefee and Sons, AmeriGas, and eventually retired from Harrisonburg Electric Commission. To relax, he enjoyed camping with his family and friends, and was the Field Director of their local camping club, Family Campers and RVers (formerly, NCHA). Charles also enjoyed watching “his” westerns and wrestling on tv.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents, Sterile and Ruth Smith, as well as grandson, Josiah Thomas Smith, son of Gary and Lisa Smith.

Charles is survived by wife, Gerri Smith; daughter, Mary Ruth Rue and husband, Randy Rue; son, Gary Lee Smith and wife, Lisa Higgs Smith; Grandchildren, James Daniel “JD” Rue, Charles Glenn Rue, Ashleigh Marie Smith, and great-grandchild, Hannah Marie Rue.

A Memorial Service will take place at 11 am, Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisonburg. A private burial will be at a later time at Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren.

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  • Gerri Smith, Wife
  • Mary Ruth Rue (Randy Rue), Daughter
  • Gary Lee Smith (Lisa Higgs Smith), Son
  • James Daniel "JD" Rue, Grandchild
  • Charles Glenn Rue, Grandchild
  • Ashleigh Marie Smith, Grandchild
  • Hannah Marie Rue, Great-Grandchild
  • Ruth Nell Channells Smith, Mother (deceased)
  • Sterile Daniel Smith, Father (deceased)
  • Josiah Thomas Smith, Grandchild (deceased)

  • Ray Lambert, Active Pallbearer
  • Willie Sink, Honorary Pallbearer



  • A Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 30, 2021


  • Private Burial At A Later Date


Charles Ellsworth Smith

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Skip, Pam, Thomas and Mark Hohnke

October 30, 2021

We are so sorry about Mr. Smith. May God hold you and comfort you during this sad and difficult time.

Virginia Minnick

October 30, 2021

So sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

Lorraine K. bosserman

October 29, 2021

Gerri I was sorry to see your husband's death in the paper. I remember when you got married. I think we were beginning our senior year in high school. My deepest sympathy. Lorraine Kersh Bosserman 321 Sharon Ln. Staunton. Va. 24401

William Menefee

October 28, 2021

Saddened to read about Charles passing. He worked with my dad for many years in the family business and was a good guy. I used to work as his helper on fuel oil and feed delivery trucks. He always looked out for me to make sure my curiosity and trying new things on the job didn't get me into trouble. Will certainly keep him and his family in my thoughts and prayers.

noland stroop

October 28, 2021

I worked with him at Shengas in harrisonburg. he always made me laugh when i was down. My aunt Rosey Stroop also worked with him. I will pray for the family.

Rob Gilmer

October 27, 2021

So sorry to hear of your lost. I pray the Lord will strengthen you during this difficult time. You are in our prayers.
Rob Gilmer and Sue Gier

Steve and Tina Lloyd

October 27, 2021

Gerri and family,
Sorry to hear of your loss,may God give you the strength through these difficult times ahead. Steve and I are the ones that came to preach at your church when your pastor was out not feeling well sometimes.
The Lloyds...Steve and Tina and family

Frank Gray

October 27, 2021

Sorry for your loss. I worked with Charlie at HEC. He spent a lot of time in my office chatting about camping and many other things.
He will be missed.
Prayers for the family.

Frank Gray

Patricia E Yarber

October 26, 2021

Gerri, Gary and family I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember Charles from West Side Baptist Church. Always a huge smile, very pleasant and know he will be missed.
Prayers for each of you.