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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 www.hdoliver.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Aug. 25, 2016
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