GREENVILLE, S.C. - Ray Hosley Smith, 90, a retired field artillery colonel with the U.S. Army, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at home.
Born in Potter County, Pa., a son of the late Deforest Sr. and Evelyn Hosley Smith, he was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, class of 1939, and St. Bonaventure University, class of 1943, with a degree in physics. He later earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1949.
He served 30 years in the U.S. Army, with combat service in Gen. Patton's Third Army in Europe from 1944 to 1945, and in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He graduated from several Army schools, including the National War College in Washington, class of 1966. He commanded two batteries, two battalions and a brigade; and served two tours on the Army General Staff in the Pentagon. His military decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two clusters, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Purple Heart.
Since retiring to South Carolina in 1973, he was twice president of the Pendleton Lions Club; twice president of the Piedmont Area Retired Officers Association; and was active in the Republican party, serving several years as state executive committeeman for Anderson County. He wrote many letters to the editor on foreign policy or national defense issues and spoke to many civic clubs on such issues. He was a member of Pendleton United Methodist Church for several years and later of North Anderson Baptist Church.
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Patricia) Hardy of Roanoke, Va., Ann Smith of Taylors, Mrs. James (Victoria) Richberg of Anderson and Mrs. Brion (Susan) Holzberger of Easley; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 61 years, Roah Olmstead Smith; a brother, Deforest Smith Jr. of Genessee, Pa.; and a sister, Mrs. William (Bonnie) Burch of Hornell, N.Y.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 3, 2013) at North Anderson Baptist Church, 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, S.C.
Memorials may be made to the church or a charity of one's choice
For more information, please visit Woodlawn Funeral Home, Greenville, S.C., www.woodlawn-fh.com.