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1977 Gymnasium
Friday October 11th, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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1977 Gymnasium
Friday October 11th, 2019

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1977 Gymnasium
Saturday October 12th, 2019

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William A. Smith

William A. Smith, 95, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at his home.  He was born March 29, 1924 in Toronto, Ohio and was the son of the late Perry J. and Thelma Jane (Shoemaker) Smith.  Bill was a 1942 graduate of New Lexington High School.  He served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1943-1946 where he attained the rank of Sergeant.  He was in the Air Corps Cadet Program until all Cadets were transferred into the Infantry, where he served in the ETO and Army of Occupation Germany.  He received the Bronze Star for his bravery in combat.  After returning from the war he began his journey to become an educator.  He graduated from Ohio University in 1950 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and earned a Master’s degree in Education in 1951.  He taught Industrial Arts at Glouster and Crooksville, Principal at Crooksville High School, Superintendent at Roseville High School and retired as Superintendent of Amanda-Clearcreek High School in 1982 after 20 years of service.  He started a Special Education Program in Fairfield County, Chairman of The Central Ohio Special Education Resource Center Board in Columbus, Ohio and one of the founders of Fairfield County Council for Crippled Children.  He was a 62-year member of Peerless Lodge #591 F & AM in Crooksville, Amanda Lions Club, American Legion Post #57 in Amanda, served on the Selective Service Board of Fairfield County and a member of Romeo Car Club (Retired Old Men Eating Out).  His retirement years were spent rebuilding over 100 cars and enjoying time with his family.
William is preceded in death by his parents; infant son; son-in-law, Carl Furness; daughter-in-law, Juliann Thompson Smith; brother, Perry (Marguerite) Smith; sisters, Letitia (Tom) Wolfe, Pauline (Wilfred) Wilson and brother-in-law, Bob Massie.
He is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Anna Mae (Sweeney) Smith; children, Charles Smith of Canal Winchester, Kathleen Furness of Lancaster, Bruce (Kathy) Smith of Lancaster, John Smith of Lithopolis, Robert (Judy Gerber) Smith of New Albany, Cynthia Smith-Vollhardt of Lancaster, Diane (Gary) Beckmann of Blacklick, James Smith of Ravenna, Louis Smith of Cambridge, Rebecca (Mark) Schillig of Pataskala, Nicholas (Amy) Smith of Sabina, Susan (John) Kass of Lorena, Texas and Laura (David) Strittmatter of Lancaster; twenty five grandchildren, twenty two great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; sister, Beatrice Massie of Columbus and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the 1977 Gymnasium at Amanda Clearcreek, 414 N. School Street, Amanda, Ohio 43102.  Don Myers will officiate, and burial will follow in Rehobeth Cemetery in New Lexington where military honors will be provided by Somerset American Legion Post #58.   Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the 1977 Gymnasium.  A masonic service will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Friday.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations payable to Clayton Twp. Trustees, in the memo line please write: To Improve Site Restoration of Revolutionary War and Civil War Veterans.  These donations may be made at the visitation or by sending them to Clayton Township Trustees, c/o Sonya Saxton, 9090 Township Road 169A-N.E., New Lexington, Ohio 43764.
The Taylor Funeral Home in Amanda is honored to care for the Smith family. 

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Dear Kathy,
I am sorry for your loss, but glad that you were blessed to have your Dad for so long. He was a wonderful gentlemen.

Jeannie (Gerhardt) Huffer

Jeannie Huffer Oct 24 2019 12:00 AM

Mr. Smith was well respected as Superintendent at Amanda-Clearcreek. Condolences to his family.

Brad Shupe Oct 13 2019 12:00 AM

You have our deepest, most heartfelt sympathy in your time of sorrow. We are keeping everyone in our thoughts and prayers. Mr. Smith was my superintendent and we knew the family well as Kathy was in my class. He was a great gentlemen, superintendent and friend. Rest in peace.

Noah and Joyce Ann Kerns Blosser Oct 13 2019 12:00 AM

You have our deepest, most heartfelt sympathy in your time of sorrow. We are keeping the whole family in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry was unable to attend calling hours or funeral due to the fair. Bill was a gentleman, great superintendent and friend. Kathy was in my class in school and we were great friends. May he rest in PEACE

Noah and Joyce Ann Kerns Blosser Oct 13 2019 12:00 AM

You have our deepest, most heartfelt sympathy in your time of sorrow. We will keep the entire family in our thoughts and prayers. Bill was a great gentlemen, superintendent and friend. Sorry we were unable to attend calling hours due to the fair. Kathy was in my class and we were friends. Rest in Peace Bill.

Noah and Joyce Ann Kerns Blosser Oct 13 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing....but wow...what a wonderful life! Soooo many fond memories of growing up beside you all " up on the hill"! Would love to see you all! Thoughts & prayers to ea of you....take care & hugs......Jill (Luster) Lamp

Jill (Luster) Lamp Oct 11 2019 12:00 AM

He was one of the best principals at Crooksville High School. The family was a wonderful example to all of us. Kathy was a good friend. What a blessing Bill, Anna, and the family have been in many lives. My thoughts and prayers go out to each member of the family. Debby (Watts) Silver

Debby Watts Silver Oct 11 2019 12:00 AM

Diane and Family,
I am so Sorry for your loss.
I was planning on coming to pay my respects,but I am having a sad day myself. I know everyone says it,but if you need anything,please call me.
Marty (Landfried) Ratcliff

Marty Ratcliff Oct 11 2019 12:00 AM

Weare sorrywe cannot attend services, but we are praying for the family's comfortin this time of sorrow.
Dave and Genny Cornett

Dave Cornett Oct 11 2019 12:00 AM

Mr. Smith was the superintendant at Roseville when I graduated. He was liked and respected by students and staff members. He was a fine gentleman who helped many. May God comfort and bless his family and all who love him.

Kay Kinnan Oct 11 2019 12:00 AM

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