Rev. William Harold Smith, 93, of Seaford, Delaware, went into the presence of the Lord Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.
Rev. Smith was born at home, the son of the late William O. and Ethel McCool Smith. Rev. Smith served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. and served 3 years as a fighter pilot, with 11 months overseas duty in France. He flew missions into Germany, Czechoslovakia and Belgium.
Seven years after service in the Air Corps he was called to full-time Christian ministry. He attended Thiel College, Greenville, and graduated from Wesley Seminary, Washington, D.C., in 1961.
He entered the full time ministry in June of 1953, pastoring United Methodist Charges for over 33 years in Farmington, Frankford, and Dover, all in Delaware, Goldsboro, Maryland, Reno, Sheakleyville, and Shippenville.
After retirement, he held the rank of Captain in Civil Air Patrol Group 50, Franklin, where he also served as Chaplain.
He married his wife of 67 years, Thelma Louise Weaver Smith, on Jan. 1, 1944. She passed away Oct. 28, 2009.
He is survived by a son, David William Smith and his wife, Joyce Dodd Smith, of Seaford.
Also surviving are three grandchildren, David Scott Smith his wife, Kimberly Baxter Smith, and four great-grandchildren: Tyler, Joshua, Brayden and SarahAnne; Kristin Lee Smith and his wife, Robin Whitney Smith, and four great-grandchildren: Katelyn, Justin, Alyssa and Kirin; Jodi Smith Evans and her husband, Richard Lee Evans and great-grandchildren Conner, Corey and Ryan.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 22625 Atlanta Road, Seaford, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m.
Burial will be in Cokesbury Cemetery.
The family suggests donations be made either to the Atlanta Road Alliance Memorial Fund, P.O Box 756, Seaford, Delaware 19973; or the Methodist Manor House Employee Benevolent Fund, 1001 Middleford Road, Seaford, Delaware 19973.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford.
Online condolences may be sent at cranstonfuneralhome.com.