CHARLES LARSON SMITH Charles Larson Smith (Charlie) of Thomas, West Virginia,
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died Saturday, August 10, 2013. He was born to the late William Andes Smith II and Margaret K. Smith (Larson) on August 29, 1928 in Rio, Martin County, FL. He graduated from Mount Dora High School, and attended University of Florida, before joining the Army Air Corps. After being honorably discharged from the Army Air Corps, he returned to Martin County, where he founded and served as first President of the Florida Archery Association. He was also a member of a local water ski club, where he courted his late wife, Edna Jane (Janie) Smith (Elkins). He and Janie married on May 1st, 1953, and they lived in Stuart, Florida before retiring to Thomas, West Virginia in 2000, where they managed the Ladybug Bed & Breakfast. Charlie was an avid fisherman, hunter, pilot, and all around man's man. As the owner of Charles L. Smith Marine Construction, he built many docks, seawalls, and other marine construction projects throughout South Florida. He was truly a pioneer of Martin County, with many of his marine projects still standing today. Charlie was also an avid carpenter; he worked for J.W. Gilson making tackle boxes, and purchased the copyright in the early 1950s. He continued to make the old Florida style wooden tackle boxes for over 50 years, and they are now a sought after collectors item. Charlie is survived by his daughter Donna Renee Sinclair (Smith), sons Mark Larson Smith and Chester Bryan Smith, grandson Charles Michael Smith, granddaughter Jessi Smith and great granddaughter Amanda Smith. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the
. Details for a memorial are in process.
Published in the TC Palm on Aug. 18, 2013