Matthew W. 'Smitty' Smith
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SALISBURY - Matthew Walter "Smitty" Smith, 85, of Salisbury, passed away Wednesday, Aug.13, 2014, at Liberty Lane Hospice at the W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center.
Born March 25, 1929, in Boston, Mass., he was the son of the late Phillip James Smith and Katherine Agnes Dally Smith.
He was educated in the Milton Parochial School, Suffolk, Mass., and was a truck driver for Glosson Motor Lines and Ridenhour Supply Co. before retiring.
Mr. Smith was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 13 years, serving as a Military Police and Drill Instructor at Camp Pendleton. He received the China Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Naval Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korea Service Medal (3), two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars, PUC: Good Conduct Medal.
He was a member of the Harold B. Jarrett American Legion and Spencer Moose Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Richards Smith, on Feb. 2, 2009; and grandchild Mikey Anderson.
Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Karen Elizabeth Smith and fiance; Fred Mowery of Salisbury, Yvonne Smith Brincefield and husband Joe of Salisbury, Mark Phillip Smith and wife Trudy of Charlotte, Matthew Smith and wife Lisa of Mocksville; grandchildren Jennifer Brincefield, Kristina Renee Street and husband Perry, Heather Smith and fiance' Matt Allison, Jordan Brincefield, Adam Smith, Cody Smith, Kaitlyn Smith; great-grandchildren Mason Street, Thomas Lowe, Brooklyn Allison, Kaden Rogers.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Summersett Funeral Home; and at other times, the family will be at Mr. Smith's residence.
Service: A graveside service will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18 at the VA National Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Liberty Lane Hospice House, 1601 Brenner Ave., Building 43, Salisbury, NC 28144
Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Smith family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.
Summersett Funeral Home, Inc. & Cremation Center - Salisbury
1315 West Innes Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
Published in Salisbury Post on Aug. 15, 2014