CHARLES HENRY SMITH

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CHARLES HENRY SMITH - ESSEX JUNCTION - Charles Henry Smith, 83, went to be with the Lord on April 8, 2013. He was born Jan. 22, 1930, to Henry John and Mercedes (Allen) Smith in Newport. He grew up in Hyde Park and graduated from Lamoille Central Academy in 1948. He attended UVM and graduated from Albany Business College in 1951, then graduated from Bryant College in 1952. He served his country in military intelligence from 1952-1954. He married Alison Cleary on May 10, 1953. They have three children, Kirk (wife, Lynn), Kelly (wife, Jina), and Kindrea Bolinger (husband, James); as well as nine grandchildren, Aaron, Kalyn, Kenly, Kristen, Jessica, Allison, Austin, Audra and Athan; and four great-grandchildren, Svana, Addison, Carter, Kiara, and one due in July. He worked for Ruberoid Co. of Caledonia, N.Y., from 1954-1957. He then transferred to American Smelting of Black Lake, Quebec from 1957-1964. In 1965, he moved his family to Shelburne and worked for IBM of Essex Junction until his retirement in 1992. As a born again believer, he was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and loved to serve his Lord and Savior. He was known for his love of others, his quick wit, his sharp negotiating skills, and his servant's heart. His family will miss his sage advice, both solicited and unsolicited. He loved music and even in advanced Alzheimer's, he could remember all the words to his favorite hymns. He adored his wife and never wanted to be far from her. They would've celebrated 60 years of marriage next month. He was predeceased by his parents; his sisters, Gwen Gabbeitt (husband, Tom) and Nita Raymond (husband, Lyle); and a granddaughter, Charity Bolinger. Visiting hours with the family will be at the Ready Funeral Home, Mountain View Chapel, in Essex Junction, from 4 to 7 p.m, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Funeral services will be at Trinity Baptist Church, Mountain View Drive, in Williston, on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 1 p.m. Interment will be in Shelburne Village following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trinity Baptist Church building project, 300 Trinity Dr., Williston VT 05495.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Apr. 10, 2013
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