American Veteran 04

Charles Smith

January 29, 1928 ~ October 1, 2021 (age 93)


Charles Edgle "Ed" Smith was born on January 29, 1928 in Ohley, West Virginia. Charles was raised in Red Draon Holler, W.V. until he was drafted into WW2. He is the oldest of 7 children. His father was a coal miner and his mother a housewife.
Charles started working at 5 years old to help put food on the table for his family. Every spring he was used as a human plow to plant large gardens of fruits and vegetables. He took care of the garden and at harvest time he helped in the canning process.
Upon being drafted into WW2, he was sent to Yokohomo, Japan for occupation duty for 2 years. He was then sent home along with all f the draftees. In 1948 he re-enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Camp Stoneman, Pittsburg, CA where he met his loving wife of 56 years, Barbara Jeann Williams. In 1950, when the Korean war broke out, he was sent back to Japan in the medical field where he helped out with the wounded soldiers. Charles was chosen to participate in an atomic bomb test in the Nevada desert. His unit was placed 5 miles from ground zero in a foxhole.
After leaving the Army he went to work at DuPont in Antioch, CA. He worked there for 29 years. He loved his job and working for DuPont as a control room operator.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife Barbara Jeann, his oldest son Charles E Smith Jr, his parents Clyde E. Smith and Ruby Mae Jarrell Smith, 3 sisters, Bobbie Jane Smith of Mechanisburg, PA, Buleah Hamm of Defiance, Ohio, Patsy Burnside of Beckley WV and 11 brother Clyde Smith Jr. of Columbus, Ohio.
He is survived by his two daughters, Peggy McKee of Antioch and Nancy Smith of Antioch and his son Robert Smith of Bethel Island, 8 grandkids and loving spouses, 6 great grandkids. He is also survived by his two brothers Walter Lee Smith of Oregon and Larry Wayne of North Carolina.
Charles was a member of the Elks Club, BFW and American Legion. He was an avid fisherman and camper.
Charles will be greatly missed everyday. He is one of a kind and a bright shining star. We love you to the moon and back. The Smith Family. A special thank you to Sutter and Amavi Hospice for their excellent care, as well to his granddaughter Traci Veliz.

The Celebration of Life and Committal Service will be live streamed via the link below:

To View the Celebration of Life:

PIN : 556-375

To View the Committal:

PIN: 082-288

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October 11, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Higgins Chapel
1310 A Street
Antioch, CA 94509

October 11, 2021

11:00 AM
Higgins Chapel
1310 A Street
Antioch, CA 94509


Oak View Memorial Park
2500 East 18th St.
Antioch, CA 94509

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