Earl M. "Smitty" Smith

Earl M. “Smitty” Smith, 87, died at his home on Evans Drive on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 12:13 A.M. following a 14 month illness.

He was born July 11, 1923 in Ellwood City, the youngest son of the late Chalmer J. Smith and the late Clara M. Bushyeager Smith.

Earl graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1942 and served in the U.S. Army during WWII, from 1943 - 1945, where he was chief of his section, providing reconnaissance for an anti-aircraft artillery unit. He served in the Battle of the Bulge and earned four bronze stars. He worked in the hot finish and foundry departments at the former U.S. Steel Ellwood Works, and went on to work as traffic manager for Nalco (formerly Calgon), with 25 years of service. He took an early retirement in 1979 due to health reasons and moved to Florida, returning back to Ellwood City in 1995. He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed working in his flower and vegetable gardens. His “puppy buddy” Dusty has been a great joy in his life since 2008.

He married Doris Jean Householder Smith on December 24, 1946. She passed away May 26, 1973.

He married his second wife, Norma J. Best, September 14, 1975. She passed away July 2, 2008.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents and his wives. The last of his family, he was preceded by his two older brothers, William D. and Allen C. “Snuffy” Smith. He was also preceded by a son-in-law, Stephen L. Dawson II.

Smitty is survived by two daughters, Sherian Dawson of Cocoa, FL, and Marian Kay (and William) Farnsworth of Mt. Holly, NC, as well as three stepchildren, Sherry (and Frederick “Pete”) Niepp of Pittsburgh, Deborah (and Thomas) Clark of Rimersburg, and Raymond C. “Craig” (and Sue) Best of Ellwood City.

Six grandchildren, Harden M (and Jennifer) Green of Harrodsburg, KY, Michael S. (and Cathy) Guyer of Beaver Falls, Eric A. (and Pam) Green of Catawba, NC, Stephen L. Dawson III of Cocoa, Fl, and Corey (and Kelley) Best and Sherry Best of Ellwood City, as well as four great grandchildren, Cody Green of Pittsburgh, and Sierra, Ariel, and Rachael Green of Catawba, NC, and one great great grandson, Ethan Walker of Newton, NC, also survive.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, January 21, 2011 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with Rev. Fr. Joseph Lewandowski, of Horizon Hospice, officiating.

A private graveside service will be held at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park in Rochester at a later date.

Memorial contributions, in Smitty’s name, may be made to the American Heart Association or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

You were a wonderful, caring, and loving man and will always have a special place in our hearts.

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