CLAUDE SMITH

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CLAUDE WILLIAM SMITH  
"Bill"  
September 30, 2013  

Born in Washington, DC and raised in the Metro area, he considered the house on Ross Place in DC to be his childhood home. Graduated from Lynchburg College in 1964 and Officer Candidate School at the Quantico Marine Corps Base in 1965. He serendipitously met his wife of 47 years, Gerrie Morrison Smith on a nostalgic jaunt to Ross Place. They married in 1966 and he shipped out to Vietnam, where he received a battlefield promotion to Captain. After law school, they built a home in McLean, where they raised their four girls. He worked at the Treasury Department, as a staffer on the House Appropriations Committee and was a founding partner a Lee & Smith. He was a man who baked his own cookies, which he would deliver to everyone he knew, PTO President at St. John's School, an LDS Bishop, a letter writer and military history buff. He lived on a schedule and always arrived five minutes early. He enjoyed long walks, depressing poetry, classical country music and hamburgers. Most of all he enjoyed simply being with his family. He considered everything after Vietnam to be bonus years, and he did not waste any of them.
He leaves behind his beloved wife and four daughters, Melissa Segura (Agustin), Alexandra Cannon (Brigham), Jessica Cameron (Matthew) and Katie Smith; 10 grandchildren; and his sisters, (Ina Helms and Mary Alice Alvario). We hate to lose him, but we know it is only for a little while. Again. Next time. Always. Forever.
The family will receive friends at MONEY AND KING FUNERAL HOME, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA on Wednesday, October 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1325 Scotts Run Rd., McLean, VA on Thursday, October 3 at 11 a.m. Interment Quantico National Cemetery. Online condolences and fond memories may be offered at:


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Money and King Funeral Home
171 Maple Avenue W
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 938-7440
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Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 2, 2013