Ralph Lewis Smith, Sr. "Smitty", 87, of Norfolk died on February 23, 2002.
Born in Eastlake, North Carolina on July 1, 1914, he moved to Virginia in 1941 and married Lessie Madeline Hines on January 3, 1942. He entered the Army in 1942 and served in the 82nd Airborne Division during WWII. He served in the Battle of the Bulge. He came home in December 1945. He started barbering in the military and continued after his discharge. He had several shops during his 58 years of service to this community. He was well loved, respected and patronized as "Smitty" the barber.
Smitty was an animal lover who fed and nurtured every stray coming and going. He had a dog named Floppy and numerous stray cats.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lessie Madeline Smith; six children, Peter Ralph Brannan and wife Margaret, Ralph Lewis Smith, Jr. and wife Jan, Sandra Kay Brockway and husband Jim, Floyd Thomas Smith, Sr. and wife Janice, Alexis Smith Bailey and husband Mark and Eric Jason Smith, Sr. and wife Tina; eighteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, who loved him as "Frampy".
He will be greatly missed by all of those who knew him and loved him so much.
We love you honey, daddy, frampy, Smitty and friend.
The visitation will be held on Monday, February 25, 2002 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home. The funeral ceremony will be held in the Virginia Beach Pentecostal Church at 15th and Baltic on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 11:00am with Pastor Edgar Kent officiating. Burial to follow in Colonial Grove Memorial Park.