Forrest William Smith
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SUN CITY CENTER, FL: Forrest W. Smith, age 82, of Sun City Center, Florida passed away at home on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 after several months of failing health. Born in Willard, Ohio on September 12, 1931, he was the son of Robert M. and Wilma M. Smith.
He is survived by his wife of 8 years, Joanne M. (Cronkilton) Wolford); children, Thomas W. Smith, Larry D. (Sue) Smith, Karen M. (Russ) Yeager; grandchildren, Byron A. (Erin) Smith, Erin L. (Stephen) Shirk , Stephen R. Yeager, Derek T. Yeager.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Meryl A. Smith, brother, Dr. Royce W. Smith and wife, Treva I. (Oswalt) Smith.
A 1949 graduate of Union Local High School, he attended the Ohio State University, General Motors Institute and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. After completing military service, Forrest co-owned and worked a family farm with his father until 1961. He enjoyed a 26 year career with IBM working first in Mansfield Ohio, then Erie Pennsylvania before returning to Mansfield and retiring in 1987. After retiring, he and Treva traveled and eventually relocated to Sun City, Florida. Lawn Bowling, volunteering for the Sun City Emergency Squad, singing in the Sun City Center United Methodist Church choir (where he remained a member until death), and watching their family grow filled those years.
After Treva's death in 2005 he married Joanne Wolford in 2006. They enjoyed traveling and watching their family continue to grow.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Sun City Center beginning at 10:00 A.M.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to LifePath Hospice at 3010 W. Azeele St., Tampa, FL 33609: or The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center Memorial Garden Trust, 1210 Del Webb West, Sun City, FL 33573.
Published in the News Journal from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2014