Marvin Lester Smith Sr.

January 5, 1924 - December 11, 2019
Marvin Lester Smith Sr.

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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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Graveside Service

Sunday, December 15, 2019
3:30 PM

Oakdale Cemetery

Visiting Hours

Washington Assembly of God Family Life Center - Directions
2029 West 5th Street, Washington, NC 27889   T:2529451958
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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  • December 12, 2019
    Pam Dupree says:
    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • December 12, 2019
    Earline Butts says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • December 12, 2019
    Carolyn Brown says:
    I will forever cherish the memories of my Uncle Marvin. He was such an inspiration for me in so many ways. I know without a doubt that he's celebrating the wonderful reunion with his family that have gone before him. They're rejoicing of finally all being together again..oh how wonderful it is. I pray that Marvie, Doris Ann and their families cherish those precious memories of their times and life with him to sustain them through the loss of him physically for mentally he will forever be there.

  • December 13, 2019
    Kelly Woolard says:
    Granddaddy was a very respectable man who led a great life,while being a shining example to others of how to treat people. He will be greatly missed.

  • December 13, 2019
    Tommy & Marilyn Hale HALE says:
    We are so sorry to hear about Marvin. May God bless and comfort all of his family as only He can is our prayer.

  • December 13, 2019
    Jackie Tyndall Tyndall says:
    Dear Marvin, so sorry for the loss of your daddy. He was special man and one of a kind. He will surely be missed. Prayers for you and all of your family.

  • December 13, 2019
    Randy Mills says:
    So sorry to hear about Mr. Marvin, prayers for family.

  • December 13, 2019
    Judy Matkins Waddell says:
    So sorry for your loss.

  • January 14, 2020
    Shannon Womack says:
    I am so very disappointed I didn't know Mr. Marvin passed. He was one of the sweetest, kindest men with the cutest personality. He was so good with
    my Granny Walker in her late years. I truly was blessed to know him. Prayers and love to the family. Shannon Landen Womack (Margie Walker's Granddaughter)