Rev. Mr. Paul J. Smith, 86, of Wheeling, WV left this life to join the Blessed Trinity and his beloved and devoted wife and soul mate of 54 years, Amelia, for an eternal life of joy and peace on May 18, 2017.
He was born January 4, 1931 in Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, WV. The son of the late Vernon L. and Mae (Blake) Smith.
Paul graduated Wheeling Central Catholic High School in 1948 where he was a supporter and a member of the “Knights of the Round Table”, devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates,
He joined the United States Navy in January 1951 during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in December of 1954, where he served as the Chaplain of the ship’s Reunion Group.
Paul was an employee of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel at the Benwood WV and Yorkville, OH plants for a total of 43 years.
He spent 4 years in formation to the Diaconate which was conducted at St. Joseph Diocasan Seminary in Vienna, WV and Paul VI Pastoral Center in Clearview, Wheeling, WV. He was ordained as a minister (Order of Permanent Deacon) in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston by Bishop Joseph H. Hodges on June 12, 1983. He served as a parish Deacon at St. James in McMechen under Rev. Rodger F. Hughes for 17 years and 8 years at St. Michaels in Wheeling with Rev. James M. Sobus.
The main focus of his ministry shifted to the loving care and support of the sick, the berieved and the dying, it was greatly enhanced when his wife, Amelia joined in with him in the ministry. They became a great team in the service of the people of God.
In addition to his parents and beloved wife he was preceded in death by four sisters, Dorothy Patrick, Mildred Buzzard, Elizabeth Varlas and Blanche Pearl; three brothers, W. Vernon, Wallace H. and Donald T. Smith and two grandchildren, Nathan Smith and Abilene Marie Kimmins.
Paul is survived by his five sons, Paul J. (Debbie) Smith Jr,of Wheeling, Eric (Rhonda) Smith of Colorado Springs, CO, Neil (Tammy) of Fredericksburg, VA, Kirk (Janet) Smith of Benwood, WV and Ryan (Propasorn) of San Antonio, TX; daughter, Zina Marie (Tim) Kimmins of Dallas, WV; 19 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 1-3pm and 6-9pm Tuesday May 23, 2017 at Altmeyer Funeral Home,Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street where a vigil will be held at 7:30 pm on Tuesday.
Funeral Liturgy with mass will be Wednesday May 24, 2017 noon at St. Michael’s Catholic Church and will be concelebrated by Rev. Monsignor Jeremiah F. McSweeney and assisting Deacons, Rev. Mr. Joseph Prentiss and Rev. Mr. Douglas Breiding.
Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling, where military honors will be conducted by the Moundsville Honor Guard.
A special thanks to the staff of Bishop Hodges Continuous Care Center for the loving care provided to Paul.
On-line condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm
St. Michael Catholic Church
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