Gerald Smith

Obituary of Gerald Sidney Smith

Gerald “Jerry” Sidney Smith, 78, of Masontown, WV, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2023, at Windy Hill Village in Kingwood after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.


He was born in Morgantown, WV, on January 5, 1945, a son of the late Carl and Allie Mae (Johnson) Smith.


Jerry served in the US Air Force stationed stateside during the Vietnam war and retired from the Consolidated Coal Company after 33 years of service. Jerry enjoyed traveling and especially spending time at his second home in Florida. He was a man of faith and was a member of the Masontown Nazarene Church where he had been a youth director and taught Sunday school. He also enjoyed going on church mission trips. He loved working in his yard and keeping his home pristine.


He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Elaine (Groves) Smith; one daughter, Daphne (Smith) Helmich and husband William Jr. of Prosperity, PA; one grandchild, Brooke Paisley; one brother, Rev. Carl Smith and wife Sue of Lenior City, TN; two brothers-in-law, Donald and Becky Groves and Marvin and Judy Groves all of Kingwood and several nieces and nephews.


In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his sister-in-law Bonnie (Groves) Taylor and her husband Marvin.


Friends may call at the Field Funeral Home in Masontown on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Herring with Pastor Paul Watkins and Pastor Tim Heaney officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Preston County Honor Guard and the US Air Force Honor Guard.


The family would like to extend a special thank you to the team at WV Caring and Windy Hill Village for the special care they gave Jerry.


In lieu flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 E 1st Street Suite 800, Miami, Fl 33131; Masontown Church of the Nazarene, PO Box 345, Masontown, WV 26542 or Pleasant Grove Cemetery PO Box 49, Reedsville, WV 26547.


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