Mr. John W Smithson
July 2, 1920 – June 4, 2019
John W Smithson Sr (98) of St. Albans WV passed away on June 4, 2019 due to a stroke suffered two years ago. Born in Rocky Mount NC on July 2,1920, he retired from Union Carbide where he was a chemical operator for over 40 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents John Smithson and wife Ida Smithson of Rocky Mount NC, his wife Delores Bell Cox of Ward WV, and survived by his three children John Smithson and wife Marilyn McGeorge, Mark Smithson and daughter in law Judy Williams of Charleston WV and Linda Smithson of Parkersburg WV. He is also survived by three grandchildren Mike Smithson of St. Albans, Lisa Gray of South Charleston, and Jason Smithson of Winfield WV. He is survived by 9 great grandchildren.
John was a Marine Corp Seabee trained in water purification and distribution. He served on the North Solomon Island of Guadalcanal, and the islands of Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima. He saw the victory flag raised on Iwo Jima. He was a expert with a 45 cal pistol.
Celebration of John’s life will be 12:00 P.M. Friday, June 7, 2019 at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home with Pastor John Mason officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans with Military Graveside Rites conducted by St. Albans VFW Post 6418 and American Legion Post 73.
Gathering of family and friends will be from 10 until time of service at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank Genesis Nursing Home of Dunbar and Hubbard Hospice House in South Charleston WV, and all their staff, for his care during his final days of life.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Genesis Nursing Home and Hubbard House of South Charleston, WV in his memory.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.casdorphandcurry.com
- Visitation Friday, June 7, 2019
- Celebration of Life Friday, June 7, 2019
- Burial Friday, June 7, 2019