John R. Smith

January 1, 1925 - January 20, 2022

01/01/1925 - 01/20/2022

John Randolph “Jack” Smith, 97, of Wheeling, WV, passed away Thursday, January 20, 2022 at home with his family by his side.

He was born in Wheeling on January 1, 1925, a son of the late Walter C. and Alma (Branfass) Smith. Jack was a U.S. Merchant Marines Veteran and was an avid traveler in his earlier days.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his loving wife, Nora A. (Saad) Smith (2009), an infant sister and his brother, C. C. Smith.

Jack is survived by his three sons, David (Angela) Smith, Richard (Tami) Smith and Phillip (Tammy) Smith; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, five nephews and three nieces.

Interment will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Easter Seals by clicking here.

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Mark T Whitehouse
1 year ago

To the Smith Family. Ellen and I are sending you our deepest condolences thoughts and prayers are with you.

Maria Shipley
1 year ago

David, Rich, Phil and family, All of my prayers and condolences to you and your family members at this very sad time! Your Dad was a very sweet man and always had a smile on his face! I remember as a child thinking what great shape he was in! It paid off because he lived a long life! He will now be reunited with your sweet Mom and with our Lord above! May eternal light shine on him and may your memories of him help to heal your sorrows! All of my love and prayers!

Karen Curtin Dobkin
1 year ago

Dave, Rich, Phil. I’m so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was always such a quiet and gentle man. You were lucky to have had him for so many years. Your family is in my prayers.

Karen Shipley
1 year ago

David, Richard, Phil and Families,
I was very sorry and sad to hear of Jack’s passing. He was always so nice and friendly. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May all of your happy memories help ease your pain at this sad time. Heaven has gained another angel.

Earl Ebbert
1 year ago

Dave, Richard, Phillip:
Sad to hear of your father’s passing, he was greatly appreciated and respected by me, my mother & father. In 1985 I was asked to join the USMM in which I was able to in ’89; your father was a ‘Rock’ in helping my mother understand the 2 day departure notices, stop-gap deployments and secrecy, lack of communication & unknown whereabouts. Always having a good-word and smile, he would reassure my parents of my wellbeing during his neighborhood walks. I’m sure he’s in good company as they’re now all together. Earl Ebbert

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
1 year ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of John Randolph Smith, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Merchant Marine Veteran, John Randolph Smith, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †