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George J. SMITH

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POQUOSON - George Jackson "Jack" Smith, died Friday, June 17, 2011.
A lifelong Peninsula resident, he was born Dec. 10, 1927 and was the son of the late Gordon Bernard Smith and Lois Yelton Smith. His brother, Bernard Smith; and his sister, Lois Smith Brown also preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary Tennant Smith; son, B. Michael Smith and his wife, Dolores of Valrico, Fla.; daughter, Karen Smith Corbett of Poquoson; and grandchildren, Onalee, Carter and Jackson Smith, and Erin Corbett.
Jack graduated from Newport News High School in 1945. He began his career as an optician in 1945 at White Optical Company. In 1982, he began working at Swanson-Woodruff Optical, retiring in 1992.
Jack was a Life member of Warwick Lions Club, joining in the early 1970's. He served in many capacities, including president. He was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. Jack was an enthusiastic contributor to the club's annual variety show. He was active at Orcutt Baptist Church serving as Deacon and on many committees. He was the Royal Ambassador Leader for the Peninsula Baptist Assoc. Jack was a member of the East End Blue Devils, active during the 1940's and 1950's. Jack loved the water and supplied his friends, on Griffins Beach and elsewhere, with crabs.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Orcutt Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Fowler and the Rev. Ken Trinkle officiating. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Orcutt Baptist Church; or to the Warwick Lions Club of Va.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from June 19 to June 20, 2011
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