Marvin Lester Smith, Sr. age 95 a resident of 102 Pine Street, Washington, NC died Wednesday, December 11, 2019 with his son and daughter close by at Vidant Inpatient Hospice in Greenville, NC.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 3:30 PM Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Oakdale Cemetery. The family visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the Washington Assembly of God Family Life Center.
Mr. Smith was born in the Black Jack Community on January 5, 1924 the son of the late Jesse Cornelius Smith and Madeline Maybelle Smith. He served in the United States Navy on the USS Betelgeuse that participated in the invasion of France, Sicily and Okinawa. Marvin earned six Battle Stars while in service. During service he met Lorraine Keil while on leave in Philadelphia, PA whom became his beloved wife of 57 years until she passed in 2003. He was the proud owner of Smith Brothers Red and White, Giant Discount and True Value Hardware Stores in Washington and Eastern NC.Marvin was the Past President of the Downtown Washington Association and Commander of the American Legion Post 15. He loved fishing, playing golf where he had two hole in ones. Most of all he enjoyed yard work and his gardens which were well known for his azaleas and tomatoes. Mr. Marvin will be best remembered for his compassion and generosity to others. He was a wonderful caregiver to his beloved wife, daughter and his friend Margie Walker.
Mr. Smith is survived by a son: Marvin Lester Smith, Jr. of Washington, NC and a daughter: Doris Ann Woolard and husband Wiley of Washington, NC. wife Mary Taylor Boyd, sister in law Elva Ruth Smith, six grandchildren: Shaun Smith and wife Cortney, Shannon Carpenter and husband Rob, Suzanne Vinson and husband Bud, Doug Woolard and wife Kelly, Marsha Young and husband Shane, Ashley Woolard, eight great grandchildren: Jacob Young, Sidney Young, Payton Woolard, Parker Woolard, Pressley Woolard, Katelyn Woolard, Rhett Vinson, Addison Harris and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by a sister: Elizabeth and husband Luther Deal, five brothers: Jesse Smith, Jr. and wife Marie, Linwood Smith and wife Estelle, Rufus Smith, John Ashley Smith and Alfred Emanuel Smith.
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Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Director Licensee of Washington is serving the Smith family.
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- Saturday, December 14, 2019
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