Billy R. Smith

SALEM – Billy R. Smith, 85, died at 9:10 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Salem Health Care and Rehab.

Billy was born Oct. 29, 1927 in Richwood, W.Va., the son of the late James W. and Oda B. (Bennett) Smith.

Billy was a graduate of the Nicholas County High School in Summerville, W.Va.

He retired in January 1988 from General Motors in Lordstown, where he had been a welder for 35 years.

Billy was a member of the Deerfield Evangelical Friends Church, and was the founder of the Ascensions, a Southern Gospel Singing Group.

Billy was a World War II veteran, where he served in the U.S. Army Air Force.

Billy is survived by his wife Ona Lee (Bragg) Smith, whom he married on Dec. 22, 1951.

He is also survived by a son, Jeffrey (Becky) Smith of Salem; one daughter, Beverly (Gary) Haberman of Mentor; six grandchildren, Dawn (Jamie) Stamper, Dyan (Sam) Windom, Danielle (Chad) Wyen, David (Mindy) Haberman, Jarrett Smith, and Sarah Smith; 12 great-grandchildren, Noah, Ashlynn, Abbey, Annessa, Justus, Jace, Jovia, Mylee, Madison, Chloe, Carlee, and Cassie.

Billy was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Deerfield Evangelical Friends Church, with Pastor Jodie Hill officiating.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Stark Memorial Funeral Home in Salem. Also, one hour before the service on Thursday at the church.

Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park in Beloit.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Deerfield Evangelical Friends Church Memorial Fund, 1261 state Route 14, Deerfield, Ohio 44411.

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