Paul Max ‘Smitty’ Smith Sr., 96, retired from Yorktown Naval Weapons Station after 37 years’ service

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Paul Max 'Smitty' Smith Sr.
Paul Max ‘Smitty’ Smith Sr.

Paul Max ‘Smitty’ Smith Sr., 96, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Paul was a native of Falling Spring, Va., and a longtime resident of Dandy, until moving to Morningside of Newport News in 2011.

Paul was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He retired in 1976 as head of Land Management from the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station after 37 years of service. He was a member of the Yorktown Masonic Lodge #205, Woodman of the World HE, a life member of the DAV Chapter 13 American Legion and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was of Presbyterian faith.

Paul loved the mountains of Virginia and was passionate about conservation and wildlife. He received the Secretary of Defense Conservation Award presented to him by President Harry S. Truman in 1965.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Matthew Smith and Effie Fisher Smith; five brothers and three sisters; his beloved wife of 66 years, Bethany Williams Smith; and his son, Paul M. Smith Jr.

Paul leaves to cherish his memory a daughter, Rita Smith Bethel and Clint Peters of Hampton, Va. He is also survived by daughter-in-law, Diana Marshall of Gloucester, Va.; sister-in-law, Katherine Williams of Dandy, Va.; grandchildren, Marc Bethel, and his wife, Lindsey, Sonia Oakley, and her husband, Kerrie, Mary Beth Simmons, Gabrielle Marshall and Paul Max Smith III; great-granddaughter, Avery Bethel; and many loved nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to Morningside of Newport News and Heartland Hospice for their loving care and support.

A funeral service will be held at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A-102, Newport News, VA 23606.