OBITUARY

Paul Wayne Smith

October 12, 1945November 23, 2018

Paul Wayne Smith, 73, of Washington, WV, passed to his eternal Heavenly reward at Marietta Memorial Hospital on November 23, 2018 with complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig ’s disease). He was born October 12, 1945, in Parkersburg, WV, the son of the late Ray and Sophia (Shawver) Smith. He was a graduate of Parkersburg High School with the class of 1965 and attended Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN, and the University of Kentucky extension in Prestonsburg, KY, majoring in Business Administration, with a career in Finance and Credit. He retired from International Industries, Inc. He served as a Commissioner for the Lubeck Public Service District and was on the board of directors for the Wakefield Homeowners Association. Paul was active in church ministry and music, serving as Minister of Music in several churches. He was a Commissioned Song Evangelist in the Church of the Nazarene traveling and singing with his wife, Linda and a very close friend, Paul Shannon, who were known as the Celebration Trio. Paul also performed in musicals at the Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg, KY. He was a member of the Gideons International, holding leadership positions in Kentucky and West Virginia. He was a member of the Broadway Church of the Nazarene, Parkersburg, WV. Pauls favorite activities were camping, attending musical events, playing jokes on anyone he could. He truly enjoyed life to the fullest. Paul is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rev. Linda M. (Blosser) Smith. He is also survived by his brother David (Janet) Smith; nieces Terri (Jeff) Hall, Alayna Blosser; nephew Brent (Debbie) Blosser and children; great niece Andrea Hall; great nephews, Adam (Ashley) Hall, Chris Sams, Hunter (Tracie) Sams, Taylor (Sara) Sams; great-great nephews and nieces Brantley, Waylon, Nora, Josie Sams and Brock Hall. Also surviving are his sister- in- law Marcia (Bill) Blosser; aunts Mildred Eifler, Patricia Shawver and Nina Smith. He is also survived by his Westie dog, Holly Raye, whom he loved dearly. In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his beloved niece, Sherri Sams, Smith and Shawver grandparents, and aunts and uncles, all of whom he felt were instrumental in the formation of his life and encouragement to live for God. He was also preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Steve and Bill Blosser. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at Broadway Church of the Nazarene, on Broadway Avenue in South Parkersburg with the Rev. Dan Meek and Rev. Daniel B. Kunselman officiating. A eulogy will be given by Paul Shannon. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. at the church on Tuesday, November 27, and one hour prior to the service. Paul will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew him as a loving husband, brother, uncle, steadfast friend, and passionate servant of God. Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, is honored to serve the Smith Family.

  • FAMILY

  • Linda M. (Blosser) Smith, Wife
  • David (Janet) Smith, Brother
  • Terri (Jeff) Hall, Niece
  • Alayna Blosser, Niece
  • Brent (Debbie) Blosser, Nephew
  • Andrea Hall, Great Niece
  • Adam (Ashely) Hall, Great Nephew
  • Chris Sams, Great Nephew
  • Hunter (Tracie) Sams, Great Nephew
  • Taylor (Sara) Sams, Great Nephew
  • Brantley Sams, Great-Great Nephew
  • Waylon Sams, Great-Great Nephew
  • Nora Sams, Great-Great Niece
  • Josie Sams, Great-Great Niece
  • Brock Hall, Great-Great Nephew
  • Marcia (Bill) Blosser, Sister-in-law
  • Mildred Eifler, Aunt
  • Patricia Shawver, Aunt
  • Nina Smith, Aunt
  • Westie Dog, Holly Raye, Fur Baby
  • Ray Smith, Father
  • Sophia (Shawver) Smith, Mother
  • Sherri Sams, Niece
  • Smith and Shawver, Grandparents
  • Steve Blosser, Brother-in-law
  • Bill Blosser, Brother-in-law
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jeff Hall, Serving Pall Bearer
  • Chris Sams, Serving Pall Bearer
  • Adam Hall, Serving Pall Bearer
  • Hunter Sams, Serving Pall Bearer
  • Taylor Sams, Serving Pall Bearer
  • Richard Shawver, Serving Pall Bearer
  • Andy Anderson, Honorable Pall Bearer
  • Jack Anderson, Honorable Pall Bearer
  • James (Woody) Belknap, Honorable Pall Bearer
  • Larry George, Honorable Pall Bearer
  • Don Eifler, Honorable Pall Bearer
  • Sam Shawver, Honorable Pall Bearer
  • Jim Shawver, Honorable Pall Bearer
  • Scott Shawver, Honorable Pall Bearer
  • Jim George, Jr., Honorable Pall Bearer
  • Greg King, Honorable Pall Bearer
  • Bill Mullens, Honorable Pall Bearer
  • Steve Wagner, Honorable Pall Bearer

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 28, 2018
REMEMBERING

Paul Wayne Smith

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William Rader

November 28, 2018

Linda,
When I saw Paul's obituary, I immediately thought of our days singing in the Accapela Choir.
Giving one we love back to God does touch us in different ways. One of those is the loss. Yet, I know in your faith you celebrate Paul's arrival into the presence of his Lord and Savior.
God's blessings fill your life and ministry as you continue in His service.
Blessings,
Bill Rader PHS 1966

Harold Custer

November 26, 2018

Linda and family,

Kay and I are so sorry to learn of Paul's passing into Heaven. Be assured of our love and prayers during these difficult days. It was a joy to know him and to work with both of you at Broadway. Isn't it comforting to know we will see him again one of these days!

May God bless you and sustain you always.

Harold and Kay Custer

Pastor Jerry & Pam Bush

November 26, 2018

Dear Linda & Family,
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you in the loss of our Christian brother and friend, Paul. His sweet Spirit, ever-present smile, and consistent, faithful life were all a blessing and encouragement to us over the years. We know the void in your lives will be great but pray for God's special presence, comfort and hope to get you through until you meet again in Heaven. May His arms wrap around you and give you just what you need as you need it. Our love....Pastor Jerry & Pam

Dottie Ann Atkinson

November 25, 2018

I remember Paul and Linda for many years as we attended the same church for many years. They were a wonderful couple, loving God and serving the church. I remember their entire family circle. Paul and I graduated high school together. I would see him and Linda at the school reunions. I was blessed to know them. He is now in Heaven with his parents and Sherri and grandmother and rest who have gone before him. ((((((Linda)))))) I know this isn't easy but you know where he is and he isn't suffering but it's still hard to say see you later to a person you were married to for 51 years. I know all the family and friends will miss Paul and see him again one day. Love, hugs, prayers to all of you.
Dottie Ann Daff Atkinson
anntnwv@aol.com

Dottie Ann Atkinson

November 25, 2018

I remember Paul and Linda for many years as we attended the same church for many years. They were a wonderful couple, loving God and serving the church. I remember their entire family circle. Paul and I graduated high school together. I would see him and Linda at the school reunions. I was blessed to know them. He is now in Heaven with his parents and Sherri and grandmother and rest who have gone before him. ((((((Linda)))))) I know this isn't easy but you know where he is and he isn't suffering but it's still hard to say see you later to a person you were married to for 51 years. I know all the family and friends will miss Paul and see him again one day. Love, hugs, prayers to all of you.
Dottie Ann Daff Atkinson
anntnwv@aol.com

Dottie Ann Atkinson

November 25, 2018

I remember Paul and Linda for many years as we attended the same church for many years. They were a wonderful couple, loving God and serving the church. I remember their entire family circle. Paul and I graduated high school together. I would see him and Linda at the school reunions. I was blessed to know them. He is now in Heaven with his parents and Sherri and grandmother and rest who have gone before him. ((((((Linda)))))) I know this isn't easy but you know where he is and he isn't suffering but it's still hard to say see you later to a person you were married to for 51 years. I know all the family and friends will miss Paul and see him again one day. Love, hugs, prayers to all of you.
Dottie Ann Daff Atkinson
anntnwv@aol.com

Carol Coffman

November 25, 2018

My cousin Paul meant so much to me, I remember growing up and our families getting together to make icecream, he would tease me and get me on the ground and tickle me! He was always joking, I loved being around him! I always admired his strong deep faith, will miss him so much!

FROM THE FAMILY