Smith Jr., Willard Montgomery
Willard Montgomery (Bill) Smith, Jr., 90, of Roanoke, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 26, 2014, at the VA Medical Center in Salem, Va.Born May 5, 1924, Bill grew up in Wytheville, Va. where he lived until retirement.He was the son, of the late Willard M. Smith, Sr. and Willie Dare Patterson Smith. Bill was the retired President of Smith Oil Corporation and former President of Grayson-Carroll-Wythe Mutual Insurance Co. Until his health declined, he was very active in church, civic and community affairs in Wytheville.He was a dedicated member of the Wytheville Presbyterian Church serving as an Elder, Deacon, Treasurer, Sunday School teacher, adult youth advisor, and choir member. Bill was President of Wytheville Rotary Club, a member of Wythe County Chamber of Commerce Board, a director of the Virginia Petroleum Jobbers' Association and served as a member of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors.He was a member of the Rotary Club, the Iron Boots Society and the Duke Family Association.He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (VA TECH) and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Air Force (Air Core Transport Command). Bill's family was the center, the anchor and the joy of his life.He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather affectionately known as "Buddy".Bill was a caring friend to all relatives, neighbors, employees, customers, and everyone along the road of life.One of his favorite quotes was "Let me live in my house by the side of the road and be a friend of man." He loved a good joke and a Hokie yell and to "sing and pray and tell old tales".His favorite thing to do was to take his children or grandchildren or great grandchildren to enjoy an ice cream cone! Left to hold dear his cherished memory are his devoted wife of 68 years, Ruby Huddle Smith; two devoted daughters,Caroline Jane Smith, of Roanoke, Va. and Jennifer Smith Hanes (Leigh T. (Tom) Hanes) of Richmond, Va.; three beloved grandchildren, Whitney Hanes Pencina (Dr. Michael J. Pencina) of Chapel Hill, N.C., Ann Blair Hanes Higgins (W. Harrison Higgins V) of Richmond Va., and Leigh Thompson Hanes, Jr. of Richmond, Va.His six treasured great-grandchildren are Karolina Anne Pencina, Henryk Michael Pencina, Laura Elizabeth Pencina, and Samuel Jakub Pencina of Chapel Hill, N.C. and Emily Dare (Millie) Higgins and William Harrison Higgins VI of Richmond, Va. Also surviving are his brother, E. Earle Smith (Jane Felty Smith) of Greensboro, N.C.; and sister, Jane Smith Washington (T. B. Washington, Jr.) of Richmond, Va.Also surviving are many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins who so enriched his life. He was predeceased by sister, Virginia Dare Smith Crowder, and husband, John Crowder, of Wytheville, Va. and sister-in-law, Helen Huddle Kittinger, and husband, Keith R. Kittinger, Sr., of Birmingham, Ala. The family would like to thank Dr. and Mrs. Robert Roth for their healthcare guidance and friendship for the past eight years and caretakers Vickie Jones and Glen Huffman for their kindness and care as Bill's health failed.Sincere appreciation goes to the staff in the Palliative Care/Hospice Unit at the VA Medical Center, Salem Va., for their comforting care these last few months. A Memorial Service and reception will be held at 2p.m. Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Oakey's South Chapel, 4257 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke, VA with The Reverend Brad Simpson of the Wytheville Presbyterian Church officiating.As Bill requested, his body has been donated to the Virginia State Anatomical Program for scientific research.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bill's favorite mission, The Presbyterian Children's Home of the Highlands, P. O. Box 545, Wytheville, VA 24382, a residential childcare facility where outstanding care has been given to orphaned, neglected, abused and other at-risk youth since 1919.