Donald J. Smith

SMITH, Donald J., age 74, of Toronto, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Lifeline Hospital in Wintersville.

Born Dec.14, 1938, in Weirton, West Virginia, he is a son of the late George E. and Mildred B. (Everhart) Smith.

Don attended the Toronto and Chapel Hill Wesleyan Churches. He is a retired Gunnery Sergeant, serving for 20 years in the United States Marine Corps. During his time in the Marines, Don was among the first troops President Johnson sent to Lebannon. He served in Santo Domingo, two tours of duty in Vietnam, and the Cuban missle crisis. Don also served as a recruiter for the Marines in the Steubenville recruiting office, and worked in the Special Services at the Federal Building in Pittsburgh, PA.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Don’s survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mrs. Mary Ann (Conlon) Smith of Toronto, whom he married Jan. 16, 1965; four daughters, Mrs. Beth Channels and her husband, Del of Clinton, Ohio, Mrs. Rebecca Phillips and her husband, Mark of Steubenville, Ohio, Mrs. Melissa Robison and her husband, Jared of Toronto, Ohio, Mrs. Anita Baker and her husband, Michael of Toronto, Ohio; 12 grandchildren, Nathanael, Hannah, Bethany and Timothy Channels; Marissa and Andrew Phillips, Addison and Ryan Robison; Mahala, Kaleigh, Aidan, Ethan Baker; and a brother, Ronald G. Smith of Panama City, Florida.

Family and friends will gather for visitation on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Clarke Funeral Home, 302 Main St., Toronto, Ohio 43964. 740-537-1234/855-847-1240

A celebration service of Don’s life will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Andrew Bush, Reverend Marvin Taylor, and Pastor Jared Robison officiating.

Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Weirton, WV. Full Military graveside honors will be observed.

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