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Marion G. Smith

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MANCHESTER -- Marion G. “Smitty” Smith, 88, died peacefully Christmas Eve following an early Christmas celebration in which he was surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 13, 1919, in South Carolina and completed his education there before joining the U.S. Marine Corps and serving during World War II.

He was honorably discharged after the end of the war from Camp Pendleton, Calif., the state where he chose to settle and raise a family. He was employed as an aircraft machinist by the Naval Missile Center at Point Mugu, Calif., from which he retired in 1978.

From his teens until well into his 40s he was an avid and accomplished baseball player. When he finally hung up his pitcher’s glove he became an exuberant supporter of all his favorite teams, a passion that only increased in his golden years.

His other great passion was gardening. His lavish vegetable and fruit gardens seemed to grow by the year and his family and neighbors were always well fed.

Smitty was predeceased by his father in 1925 and his mother in 1980. He was also predeceased by his former wife, Idethal Moates, by his wife Ruth Smith in 2003, and by his son, Timothy Smith, in 1987. He is survived by his sons, Wayne Smith of South Carolina, Jordan Smith of West Pawlet, and Anthony Smith of California; his daughters Fran Hall of Florida and Cynthia Kilburn of Manchester; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held at Brewster’s Funeral Home in Manchester on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. with a service immediately following at 3 p.m.

In lieu of memorial gifts please share the gift of your time with a member of our beloved father’s generation.

For directions or to send personal e-mail condolences to the family please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Brewster Funeral Service in Manchester has been entrusted with the care of Mr. Smith’s funeral arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2007
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