Ronald William "Bill" Smith
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Ronald William "Bill" Smith

Norfolk - Ronald William "Bill" Smith, 71, died on Monday, August 22, 2016, surrounded by his family. Mr. Smith, a native of Norfolk, was the son of the late James Ralph Smith, Sr. and Elizabeth Ghiselin Smith, and retired from ODU as Supervisor of Housing Maintenance. He had worked for 21 years as Master Electrician and owner of R.W. Smith Electric after beginning as a compositor/printer with the Virginian Pilot. He was an active member of Talbot Park Baptist Church as a Sunday school teacher and Deacon, and was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Judith Ritter Smith; three daughters and their husbands, Lori S. and Scott Williams of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Tiffany L. and Michael Cooper of Chesapeake, VA, and Rebekah L. and Timothy Miklos of Yorktown, VA; one sister, Rebecca S. Sykes of Virginia Beach; 11 grandchildren, Chloe and Judy Williams, Emily and Charlie Cooper, and Austin, Savannah, Sadie, Joshua, Josephine, Olivia, and Ozzie Miklos; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four sisters, Elizabeth Bunch, Alice S. Vavadelis, Doris Carpenter, and Linda S. Upton; and three brothers, Howard T. Gillette, Robert N. Smith, and James R. Smith, Jr.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday at Talbot Park Baptist Church with reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Talbot Park Baptist Church, 6919 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23505. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family through

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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Aug. 25, 2016.
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August 27, 2016
I got to work with Bill at Old Dominion and he was just a treasure. He always had a positive attitude and was a go getter. He treated all people with respect and regard and I could not have worked with a better person.
Chris Kaberline
August 27, 2016
Mona Estes
August 26, 2016
I had not seen Bill for quite some time and was very surprised to read of his passing. In our earlier lives we played many jobs together as trumpet players. We had lots of laughs and lots of fun. Work was always enjoyable with Bill. He was an excellent musician and also an excellent electrician, fair, reliable, settling for nothing less then his best work. I miss this good man.
Michael Hodgis
August 26, 2016
My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.

God Bless
Theresa Mathews
August 25, 2016
Our love and prayers are with the family.
Jim & Geri Laubscher
Jim & Geri Laubscher
August 25, 2016
I have to keep reading this, because it still doesn't seem possible. You were one of those people that I assumed would be around forever! I will miss so many things about you...your stories, your jokes, stopping for a coke, scratch tickets, 3rd row pew, trumpet, and the ability to laugh at yourself. I miss you so much Uncle Bill, but I'm kind of jealous that you get to hang out with Karin. I love you! Until we meet again....
Brooks Baswell
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