John Harrison Smith, 85, U.S. Marines vet who received a Purple Heart

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john smithJohn Harrison Smith, 85, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday January 7, 2016, surrounded by his family.

John was a native of New York City and a Seaford resident since 1954. He was a 1948 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. He joined the Marines at the age of 18 and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. While serving his country, he received a Purple Heart and the National Defense Service Medal.

After he got out of the Marines, he attended The College of William & Mary and graduated in 1960 with a degree in physics. He retired as a physicist from the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown in 1987.

John was a Past District Deputy Grand Master of Virginia and a Past Worshipful Master of Yorktown Masonic Lodge #205. He was also a Past Associate Supreme Guardian for Jobs Daughters International.

He was a loved and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

John is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Mary Anne Smith; his daughters, Cindy Summerford of Yorktown, Laurie Morman (Edwin) of Washington, DC, Julie Dahik (Gus) of Alexandria, VA, Tara Thomas (Brook) of Hayes; 7 grandchildren, Julianne, Elizabeth, Maryanne, John, Andrew, Madeline and Haley; 2 great- grandchildren, Jack and Lorelai; and honorary daughter Richelle Lacewell (Gregory) of Gaithersburg, MD. In addition, he was the beloved “PaPa” to thousands of Job’s Daughters around the world.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Zion United Methodist Church in Seaford with Rev. David Magruder officiating. Interment will follow with Marine Corp Honors and Masonic Rites in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Zion United Methodist Church in Seaford. Memorial donations may be made to the Zion United Methodist Church Building Fund P.O. Box 240, Seaford, VA 23696.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Amory Funeral Home.

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