Charles W. ‘Charlie’ Smith 72, Germania Band Club member

By on January 9, 2013

Charles W. "Charlie" Smith, 72, of Manheim, died at home with his family Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

Born in Keyser, W.V., he was the son of the late Luther and Helen Rogers Smith. He was the loving husband of Mary Ann Snyder Smith and they observed their 43rd wedding anniversary in November of last year.

A truck driver for many years, Charlie retired from Yellow Freight, Lancaster; previously, he worked for Cooper Jarrett in Milton. Charlie was a member of the Teamsters Union 771 and the Germania Band Club of Manheim. His interests included hunting, fishing, and gardening. He had a lifelong passion for his family and enjoyed activities with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four daughters: Rhonda wife of Carder Jones of Moorefield, W.V., Regina Lane and Renda Smith, both of Rogers, Ky., Beth wife of Dr. Joseph Gabriel of San Antonio, Texas; a son: Robert Smith of Richmond, Va.; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother: Vaughn husband of Sheree Smith of Elkton, Md.; and four sisters: Leona wife of William Bennett of Mt. Storm, W.V., Arlene Elliott, of Petersburg, W.V., Neva Smith and Linda wife of Carson Rogers, both of Keyser, W.V.

Preceding him in death are two brothers: Luther and Donald Smith.

A memorial service was held Jan. 5 at Buch Funeral Home, Manheim. Interment was private and at the convenience of the family. Those desiring may send contributions in Charles’ memory to the Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602.

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Arrangements entrusted to Buch Funeral Home, Inc., Manheim.

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