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Smith/Biars: George Smith Sr.  George Smith Jr. Bessie Smith Arthur  Emma Biars' family

George Washington Smith Jr., Emily Alice Vandall
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Smith -- origin of surnameSmithers, Smithson, Smythe. English - occupational from Middle English meaning "smith,"  referring to a worker in metal, one of the most important crafts, giving rise to one of the most common surnames. (“The  Wordsworth Dictionary of Surnames,” Terry Freedman & Iseabail Macleod, 1997, Wordsworth Editions, Hertfordshire, Page 224.)  Smith, Smyth, Smythe (Eng.) r.w. Smith (O.E.) Blacksmith, spearsmith, nailsmith, arrowsmith, or other medieval trade name. (“What’s in a Name? Surnames of America,” La Reina Rule & William K. Hammond, 1973, Pyramid Book, New York, Page  386.)

George W. Smith Jr. was born 30 June 1860 in Meadow Creek, Raleigh County, W.Va., one of nine children of  George Washington Smith Sr. (12 Dec 1826/19 Jan 1862) and wife Catherine (Kate) Bennett  (November 1825, Greenbrier Co., W.Va./07 Nov 1904 Raleigh Co.). George Jr. was a prominent member of the Abraham community in Richmond  District, Raleigh County. He died 06 April 1940 in Raleigh County. Photo of Grandpa GeorgeDeath certificate. (Go to the George Smith Sr.  page for more about his birth family.)

Smith family home in 2011. (More photos of the house taken by others: New River WV album 44.) 

George Smith Jr. was the first postmaster of Abraham, W.Va., when the post office was organized in 1907. He was postmaster for 35 years until he turned it over to his daughter K. Golda Smith Fox. Mrs. Fox, George's last surviving child, died at age 99 in June 2009. (Abraham Post Office in 1974Former Abraham PO in October 2011.) George Jr. and his brothers Ervin and General Marion Smith operated Smith Brothers, a large general merchandise store. The family also operated a sawmill during the week. On Saturdays the mill was converted to a grist mill to grind corn. George also farmed. (Abraham Post Office Once Site of Booming Business, Beckley Post-Herald, Aug. 9, 1974, Page 13. Photo - Golda Fox.)

"People came (from) far away to the store. He kept about anything people needed," said George's daughter Eda Smith Ellison.

G. W. Smith Jr. was named deacon of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church on 21 Oct. 1886. G.W. Smith Jr. and Jackson Plumley paid the pastor for past services.

Nina Vest Worley, then married to Percy Bennett, was a neighbor to George and wife Emma in Abraham, W.Va. Nina's sister Golda Vest was married to their son Earl George. In March 1992, Nina wrote a letter to niece E.M. Smith that contained family history including the following:

"Mr. Smith (George Washington Smith Jr.) bought a truck (pickup) before he died say 3 yrs. Every time (his son) Earl and Golda used it to go home in he would tell them to take Nina. I thought a lot of him, I often think about getting to go home because of him. I guess that (is) where your dad (Earl) got his good deeds from. Mrs. Smith (Emma Biars Smith) liked me and after he (her husband George) died she was so lonely about 3 or 4 times a week she came down to my house and (ate) the evening meal with me. I have often wondered why she would eat at my home. I wasn't a good cook, didn't have much to eat like she did, nevertheless she was a faithful visitor and I really loved her. What she thought she said and lots of people didn't like it but she wouldn't lie so they couldn't stay angry long. Ha. Mr. Smith had a mill (grind corn) he had a grocery store and was postmaster. So they had plenty. No one could really say anything mean about them. Your Aunt Pearl (Pearl Smith Gwinn), I dearly loved and she was beautiful, kept an immaculate house…Mr. Smith was the one who would always do things for people – just like your daddy (Earl George Smith). That could have been the reason he was so prosperous. You children lacked for nothing."

George Washington Smith Jr. married two beautiful women, Emily Alice Vandall and Emma Catherine Biars. Emily had nine children and Emma had seven. George, Emily and Emma are buried in the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery at Abraham. TombstonesGeorge Jr.  Emily  Emma.  Find A Grave pagesGeorge W Smith Jr.   Emily V Smith   Emma Smith Runyon

Emily Alice Vandall

George W. Smith Jr., 21, and Emily Alice Vandall, 17, married on 18 Dec 1881 in Raleigh County, W.Va. George was 21 and Emily, 17. Marriage record. Emily was born 18 Oct 1864, in Fayette County, W.Va., a daughter of Joseph Dan (Joel) Vandall (20 Jan 1824/February 1901) and Elizabeth “Betty” Fox (born March 1825). The family name has also been spelled Vandle. Emily and George had nine children. Emily, 40, died on 02 Jan 1905, near Pear in Raleigh Co. of "interstitial nephritis," a kidney disorder, complicated by tuberculosis. Death record. Links to Vandall information: The Vandal Family Homepage  Information on the site about Emily’s birth family

Photos: George and Emily (Shared by Susan Arthur Geiger.)  George and Emily with their children. (ID provided by David A. Smith.)

Children of George and Emily

BERTHA JANE SMITH SURBAUGH. Born 28 Dec 1882 in Raleigh County, W.Va.; died 18 July 1941, in Summers County, W.Va. She married Wade E. Surbaugh 29 Nov 1905 in Raleigh County. (The source of the marriage date is Marriage Records of Raleigh County West Virginia 1850-1910 compiled by Ronald Ray Turner.) Wade was born around 1880 in Summers Co., a son of Francis Marion Surbaugh and wife Elizabeth C. Duncan. (Wade's birth record says he was born 21 Apr 1880. But his World War I draft card and death record say he was born 16 Dec 1880. The 1900 Summers census says Dec 1879.) Wade died on 25 Aug 1940 in Hinton, Summers Co. He was a brakeman for Chesapeake & Ohio Railway for almost 40 years, working out of Hinton, and owned a farm in Raleigh County. (Source: Roger Surbaugh.) Wade and Bertha had three children, Emma, Thelma and Harry. Bertha Surbaugh's death certificateTombstones in Greenbrier Cemetery, HintonBertha and Wade. (Courtesy of D. Mack.) Photo: Wade Surbaugh and his only son Harry, probably 1925-30. (Photo courtesy of Roger Surbaugh.)

BESSIE SMITH ARTHUR. Born Nov 1884 in New, Raleigh County. (30 Nov, according to her death certificate, and 20 Nov according to her funeral card.)  She died 09 Dec 1955 in Raleigh County. She married Oliver James Blaine Arthur 04 July 1905, in Raleigh County. (The source of the marriage date is Marriage Records. Other information and photos courtesy of Cousin Susan.) Tombstones in New Salem:MB Cemetery: Bessie  Oliver    Find A GraveBessie Arthur.   Bessie's obituary.  Photos: Bessie and OliverGo to the Bessie Smith Arthur page for a list of Bessie and Arthur's children.

GLENVILLE EVERETT SMITH. Born 15 March 1886 in Abraham, Raleigh County, W.Va; died 12 Feb 1952 in Hinton Hospital, Summers County, Hinton, W.Va.  He married Lucinda Franklin Gwinn 17 Aug 1910. Lucinda, born 15 Aug 1891 in Lockbridge, Summers County, W.Va., was a daughter of Alexus Laben Martin Gwinn and wife Elizabeth Ann Stickler. Lucinda died 10 Nov 1979 in Lockbridge. Lucinda and Glenville are buried in Dequasie Cemetery in Lockbridge. They had 15 children: Elsie Virginia, Beatrice Elizabeth, George Everett, Cecil Lawrence, Basil Arthur, Mildred Irene, Mabel Evelyn, Glenville Muriel, Harriett Isabelle, Lois Edith, twin daughters who died shortly after their birth, Jesse Franklin, Madalyn Rose and Shelvia Jean. (Information and photo provided by Shelvia.) Photo of Glenville SmithObituaryDeath certificateLucinda Smith honored.

WAYNE SMITH. Born 14 Aug 1888 in Raleigh County; died in July 1911 of a gunshot wound. Wayne's tombstone says he died in 1913 but I found a 1911 Raleigh Herald, Beckley, W.Va., article -- Accidental Shooting --  about his death that year. He married Parthena Davis 29 Aug 1910. Birth record. Wayne was buried in the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Abraham, W.Va. Find A Grave Memorial# 21382206.

ARTHUR JACKSON SMITH. Born 15 Oct. 15 1890, in Raleigh County; died 24 May 1956, in Hinton, Summers County.  He married Rufina M. F. Plumley on 30 Oct 1912. Mrs. Smith (b. 11 Mar 1895/d. 26 Sep 1936) was a daughter of Jackson Plumley and Minerva Richmond. Arthur and Rufina had eight children: Clyde A. Smith, Forrest Gladwell "Frosty" Smith, Theodore P. Smith, Roy M. Smith, Margaret Smith Bragg, Imogene Smith Gwinn, Mary Ellen Smith Richmond, and Alice Mae Smith Cales. (Sources: obituaries and Our Families, Larry G. Shuck, 1995, Gateway Press, Baltimore, Md., Page 125.) Arthur J. Smith obituaryDeath certificate.  Tombstone in New Salem: Photo 1 (with flowers) and Photo 2 (with dates visible).  Find A Grave Memorial# 21382810: Rufina Smith.

ADA SMITH MARTIN. Born 18 Nov 1892, in Raleigh County; died 09 March 1970, in Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va.  Her name is Ida Martin in the Social Security Death Index and her obituary. ObituaryBirth recordFind A Grave Memorial# 121713222 - Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington. A descendant e-mailed some information about Ada's life. Ada lived in Cabell County for 60 years and worked at the Hotel Frederick, one of Huntington's finest hotels, as a pantry girl. (See Hotel Frederick, Postcard 11.) Ada married Harry Martin Sr. She and Harry had a son, Harry Martin Jr., born 14 Feb 1916/died Feb 1981 (SS Death Index). Harry Martin Jr.'s obituary. The 1920 census for Huntington Ward 2, Cabell, has Harry, 4, living in the Mary Kilgore household as a ward. Harry Jr. married Elaine A. Find A Grave Memorial# 45434058: Woodmere Memorial Park.. 

OLA ERNEST "OLEY" SMITH. Born 04 Nov 1894, in Raleigh County; died  07 Nov. 1974, in Beckley Hospital, Beckley, Raleigh County. Photo: courtesy of David Arnold Smith. Obituary. Oley married Nellie Kincaid (1896/1992) on 30 July 1919. Nellie Smith birthday honoree. Nellie was a daughter of Samuel T. Kincaid (Find A Grave Memorial# 13783348) and wife Estaline Luvernia Vance (Find A Grave Memorial# 13783449). Ola and Nellie's tombstone in New Salem MB Church Cemetery, Oley's U.S. Army plaque.  Find A Grave Memorial# 21382797: Oley's page with link to Nellie's memorial page. Oley and Nellie had nine children: 1. Mabel V. Smith, born 01 May 1920, married Ralph Leslie Morse in 1948, Cabell Co., W.Va., marriage record 2. Charles Earnest Smith, a baby, born 09 Oct 1923/died 11 Nov 1923 in Raleigh Co., W.Va., Death recordFind A Grave Memorial# 21382195, New Salem, 3. James Edward Smith, born 20 Dec 1921 in Abraham/died 17 Jul 1973 in Bradley, W.Va., after a car accident. Married Mary Elizabeth Taylor, daughter of Olen and Bertha, in 1948 in Raleigh County, marriage recordPhoto, World War II.  4. Oley Arnold Smith, born 05 Jun 1925/died 29 Sep 1999; married Marjorie Louise Morris (1927-2002); 5. George Donald Smith, born 10 Jun 1928 and died July 14, 2016. (NOTE: Both Mr. Smith's obituary and an entry in "Our Families" by Larry G. Shuck (Page 138) have his birthdate as June 10, 1928. However, the West Virginia, Births Index, 1804-1938, FHL Film Number 584756, has his birthdate as May 17, 1928.)  6. Nellie Ruth Smith, born 07 Mar 1930 at Prince, Fayette County,  married Winfred "Tink" Kincaid (1925-2012). Mr. Kincaid's obituary.and Find A Grave Memorial# 1215311627. Thelma Mae Smith, born 16 Oct 1932 in Prince, Fayette Co. (West Virginia, Births Index, 1853-1969. FHL Film Number: 584756)died 16 May 1984 in Kanawha Co., W.Va. 8. Harley Sherman Smith, a baby, born 23 Feb 1933/died 23 Feb 1937. Find A Grave Memorial# 21382197 9. Katie Jo Smith, born 27 Sep 1939 in Danese, Fayette County, W.Va. (West Virginia, Births Index, 1853-1969 . FHL Film Number: 584757)

CHARLES OTA (C.O. "SMITTY") SMITH SR. Born 23 May 1897, in Raleigh County, W.Va.; died 13 Dec 1978, in Hinton Hospital, Summers Co., W.Va. His half brother Everett A. Smith called him “Oat.” On 17 Aug 1915, C.O. married Flora Lee Arthur, daughter of Charles William Arthur and wife Caroline "Callie" Janney. C.O. was a locomotive engineer and for several years served as constable for Richmond District in Raleigh County. Obituary  Campaign article - 1956. Flora was born 19 Sep 1895 at Turkey Knob, Fayette Co., W.Va., and died 21 Aug 1990 in Beckley, W.Va.  Flora's obituary. Article (1977, Raleigh Register) about Flora's childhood home, the Arthur farm: Forgotten Americana – 109-Year-Old Farm Defies Urban Sprawl. Mr. and Mrs. Smith had nine children: 1. Louella Ethel Smith Goodson, born 07 Dec 1915, Oswald, Raleigh Co., and died 09 Jul 1997 in Florida. (Social Security Death Index.) Married Everett Ray Goodson in 1945 in Raleigh Co. Marriage record2. Rachel Marie Smith Richmond, born 20 Aug 1917 at Abraham, W.Va.; died 02 Jan 2014, W.Va. Obituary. Married Billy E. Richmond who died in 2006. 3. Juanita Flora Smith Fitzgerald born 17 Jul 1919 in Abraham, W.Va.; died 03 Jun 2007 in Florida. Obituary. Married to Varden Fitzgerald who died in 1993. 4. C.O. Smith Jr.. born 08 Jan 1921 in Abraham; died 17 Nov 2013 at his home in Beckley, W.Va.  Obituary. C.O. married  Norma Lee Richmond in 1945 in Island Co., Washington. 5. Jesse Sebird Smith, born 01 Nov 1923 in Abraham; died 22 Mar 1991 in Baltimore, Md. Obituary. He married Frances Kathleen Ball in 1946 in Raleigh County. Marriage record 6. Carrie Eileen Smith Mann, born 16 Jul 1924 in Abraham; died 08 Apr 2013 at the Raleigh Center, Daniels, W.Va. Obituary; Married Fred Franklin Mann in 1950. Marriage record. He died in 1959.  7. June Elizabeth Smith Westfall, born 23 Jun 1929 at Abraham; died 08 Aug 2003 in her home at Hinton, W.Va. Obituary. She was married to Wesley Hayden “Buster” Westfall (1925-2016). ObituaryFind A Grave Memorial# 165390663. 8. Dempsey Rudolph Smith, born 13 Mar 1931 at New, Raleigh County; died 26 Jul 2001 in Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. Obituary  He married Norma Jean Bailey in 1952 in Nicholas County, W.Va. Marriage record9. Robert Noel Smith, born 09 Sep 1934 at Abraham; died 07 Nov 1995 in a Beckley, W.Va., hospital. Obituary. Married Nellie Maxine Kincaid in 1953 in Raleigh County. Marriage record.

EMILY MAE SMITH. Born  25 Jan 1900 in Raleigh County; died 15 March 1952 in Raleigh County. Obituary. Her half brother Everett A. Smith spelled her name “May.”  According to Our Families, Page 125,  Emily was married to Ezra Huffman, George Surber and W.E.HutchinsonMae Smith, 20, married E.S. Huffman, 34, in 1920 in Summers County, marriage recordEmily Huffman, 28, widow, married George Surber, 23, widower, in 1930 in Summers Co., marriage record; and Emily Surber, 40, divorced, married W.E. Hutchinson, 44, divorced, in 1942 in Summers Co., marriage record.

Emma Catherine Biars

George W. Smith Jr. married his second wife Emma Catherine Biars on 05 Aug 1908. Emma was born 20 July 1878, in Harrison Township, Gallia County, Ohio, to Gustava “Gus” Biars  and his wife Catharine "Kate" Kraus. (Go to Smith/Biars Page 3 for more information on Emma's parents and brothers.) The family story is that George, 48, a widower with nine children, did not plan to have more children with his second wife. As the saying goes, "Man plans, God laughs." George and Emma had seven children.

Emma Biars' first husband was Charlie Thompson, according to family members. Emma Biars, 22, single, employed as a servant, was still at home with her parents in 1900. (Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Clay, Gallia, Ohio; Roll: T623_1271; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 26.) So, it looks like Emma Biars married Charlie Thompson some time after June 1900 when the federal census was taken. The marriage ended in divorce.

In September 1908 in the bride's Raleigh County, W.Va., home, Emma Thompson, 30, married George Washington Smith Jr.  Marriage record of Emma and George.

George died on 06 Apr 1940 in Raleigh County.  In 1944 Emma married Harrison Maynard in Raleigh County. Marriage record.  According to family members, it was not a happy marriage.  I don't know if Mr. Maynard died or the marriage ended in divorce.

When Emma's grandson Bobby Earl Smith died in March 1946, the obituary listed her as Emma Maynard. So, at some point after that, Emma then married the Rev. Andrew W. Runyon, known to me as Grandpa Andy. Photo: Emma Biars, Andy Runyon, and four of her seven children (1950s). (Thank you, Katherine N.) He died in 1960. Andrew Runyon obituary. Andy’s obituary says he was a son of William and Mary Runyon. The 1880 U.S. census lists Andrew W. Runyon, 7, in the household of William and Arrisby Runyon of Logan County, W.Va. (Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Hardee, Logan, West Virginia; Roll: 1406; Family History Film: 1255406; Page: 261D; Enumeration District: 073.)  

I believe Andy was married four times: to an unknown first wife; Elizabeth “Bettie” CanterburyEliza Frye and Emma Biars Smith. Andrew married Elizabeth "Bettie" Canterbury in 1899 in Mingo County, W.Va. Marriage record.  The 1900 census lists Andrew and Elizabeth, married one year, with an infant son, Ezekiel Runyon, born in February 1900. There are three older children in the household, presumably born to a first wife whose name is unknown: Emily Runyon, born January 1893; Harre Runyon, born Jun 1894; and William Runyon, born Mar 1896. Andrew worked at a sawmill. (Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Hardee, Mingo, West Virginia; Roll: 1766; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0088; FHL microfilm: 1241766.) He married Eliza Frye in 1921 in Mingo County. Marriage record. Andrew’s daughter Dorothy Marie Runyon was born on 24 Feb 1924. Dorothy married Erville Elmore Richmond (obituary). She died 23 May 1973 in Hinton.  Her obituary lists a foster mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Meadows. 

Emma Biars died on 26 Aug 1967 in Fayetteville, W.Va., nursing home. Emma Biars obituaries: Charleston Daily MailBeckley Post-Herald.  She was buried in the New Salem Missionary Baptist Cemetery, Abraham: Find A Grave Memorial# 21382815.

Additional photos: Emma at Abraham, W.Va. (Thank you, Katherine N.)  George Smith Jr. family. If you have corrections or additions to the IDs,  please e-mail me. And if you want a copy without the "ink," let me know. Smith children -- brothers Everett, Carl and Ernest Smith and two of their sister K. Golda Smith Fox's children, James and Dorothy Fox.

Children of George and Emma

KAY GOLDA SMITH FOX. Born 23 Sep 1909 at Abraham, Raleigh County, and died 11 Jun  2009 in Raleigh County at 99 years old, the last surviving child of George W. Smith Jr. Obituary. She married Euell Emory Fox (14 June 1900/30 Aug 1968) in 1927. Euell was a son of Rancelor Fox and wife Rosa Ella Buckland. Golda and Euell had three children, Dorotha Gene Fox Plumley (obituary), James Euell "Jimmy" Fox (obituary) and Katherine. Mrs. Fox was postmaster at the Abraham Post Office for many years and was the subject of several news articles.   PHOTOS: Fox family photo -- Rosa Fox (wife of Rancelor) and family. Golda Fox and family members at the Abraham, W.Va., Post Office, 1974. Rancelor Fox and William Marion Bennett. Tombstones in New Salem Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery: Golda FoxFox family row -- Euell, Golda and son Jimmy, Euell FoxEuell Fox. Close up of Jimmy's marker: Find A Grave Memorial# 21398860 

PEARL LORA SMITH GWINN. Born 01 Oct 1910, Raleigh County; died 19 Jan 1962, Raleigh County. She married Hubert Maynard Gwinn (1907-1965), son of Enos Gwinn and wife Mary Plumley, in 1933 in Fayette County, W.Va. Marriage record. To my knowledge, Pearl and Hubert never had children. Pearl and Hubert and their parents were buried in the New Salem MB Cemetery. Pearl's marker. Hubert's marker. Enos and Mary Gwinn's marker on Find A Grave has Infant, June 17, 1926. The baby boy, brother to Hubert, was stillborn: 1926 birth recordHubert Gwinn obituaryPearl Smith Gwinn obituary.  PHOTOS: Pearl Smith as a girl. Pearl as a young woman. (Thank you, Katherine N.) Pearl and Hubert Gwinn.

EDA FLORA "EDIE" SMITH ELLISON. Born 11 Feb 1912, Abraham; died 30 June 2003, Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, Raleigh County. Obituary. Edie married Horace Benton Ellison (October 1909, Pluto, Raleigh County/17 March 1956, Pinch Creek Road, Pluto). In 1956 Horace died from injuries sustained in a fight. Noah Gadd Sr. admitted fighting with Horace but told police and family members that he did not kill him. Noah later pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Edie and Horace had three children: Charles, Glen and Patricia.  Edie and Horace are buried in Meador Cemetery, Pluto, Raleigh County. Find A Grave Memorial# 38635462 PHOTOS: Eda Smith EllisonEda Ellison and sister Golda Fox.

EARL GEORGE SMITH. Born 21 March 1914, Abraham; died 07 April 1986.He had a heart attack while driving to Beckley to see his physician. Obituary. Married Golda Mae Vest on 26 Dec 1934 in Summers County. Golda, a teacher, was a daughter of Leonard Haliburton Vest and his wife Emma Stella Gadd. Obituary. (For a list of Golda's siblings, go to  Emma Stella GaddGadd Page 2) Earl built their first home at Abraham. They later lived at Jumping Branch in Summers County then bought the Vest farm on White Oak Mountain in Raleigh County from Golda's parents. The elder couple built a new house nearby on the property. For years the Vest/Smith home ("the yellow house") was a way station for travelers crossing the mountain and there are many stories about people who took shelter there. Earl spent most of his working life as a coal miner and died from black lung. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America. Golda, a graduate of Concord College, Athens, W.Va., taught in Summers and Raleigh counties. They were members of the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Abraham, and later transferred membership to the newly formed White Oak Missionary Baptist Church, White Oak, W.Va., where Earl was a deacon. Earl and Golda were honest, hardworking Christian people. Earl died first and Golda never stopped missing him. Golda died on 23 Feb 1991 in the Ironton, Ohio, home of her daughter Ellen. Earl and Golda had four children: Billy, Bobby, Ellen and Eva. The couple and sons Billy and Bobby, who died in childhood, are buried in Smith Cemetery on their White Oak Mountain farm.  Bobby's obituaryBilly's obituary. PHOTOS: 1. Billy and Bobby Smith 2. Billy and Bobby  3. Billy and Bobby  Find A Grave Memorial# 38583403

CARL EUGENE SMITH. Born 17 Sept 1916, Abraham; died 31 July 1995, Beckley, W.Va. Married Bessie Mae Kincaid on 24 Jan 1947. Marriage record. She was born 28 Dec 1924, a daughter of Samuel "Pete" Kincaid (1898-1974), also known as Sammie or Samie, and wife Sadie Adkins (1906-1986). (Kincaid-Adkins marriage recordSadie's obituary.) Bessie died 25 Nov 1993 in Charlottesville, Va. Carl and Bessie had a son, Hershell. Bessie's obituary.  According to Carl's obituary in the Beckley newspaper, he "was a disabled World War II U.S. Army veteran, having received the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He was a lifelong member of the DAV Chapter No. 18 and was of the Baptist faith." Final resting place: Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum of Faith, Beckley. Obituary of Johnnie Lee Kincaid, Bessie's brother.

EVERETT ABRAHAM SMITH. Born 01 March 1918, Abraham; died 05 March 2003, at Montgomery Elderly Care, Fayette Co., W.Va. In 1939, (Obituary/bio) Everett married Iva Violet McDaniel (05 Jan 1920/12 Dec 2000 - obituary), daughter of Horace Greeley McDaniel (obituary) and wife Bicy Ruhama "Hamie" Williams (obituary).  Iva's obituary. Iva and Everett's marriage record. Everett and Iva had six children: Boyd, Gary, Darrell, Harold, Brenda Kay and Patsy.  Everett and Iva were buried in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow, W.Va.

ERNEST SIDNEY SMITH. Born 01 Dec 1919; died 27 March 1978. He was a retired coal miner and a veteran of World War II. Married Macie Mildred Meadows 15 March 1941. Macie (10 June 1923, at Pluto, W.Va./ 26 Aug 2005, Shady Spring, Raleigh County, W.Va.) was the daughter of the late H. Sanford Meadows and Stella Ward Meadows.  Ernest and Macie had four children: George Ernest, Jo Ann, Gene and Linda Louise. George died in June 1998 and Linda Smith Nugen in June 2013. Ernest Smith obituaryMacie Meadows Smith obituary. Ernest, Macie, George and Linda are buried in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.