The Family of Ralph Frazier Smith, Sr.
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Ralph Frazier Smith, Sr. of Charlottesville, Virginia was called home on August 14, 2013 at the Hospice House on Park Street. He was born on July 18, 1930 in Charlottesville, VA the son of the late Thomas E. Smith and Margaret Rogers Smith. Three brothers, Thomas, James and Rudolph Smith also preceded him in death.
Ralph was baptized at Ebenezer Baptist Church at an early age. He attended Jefferson High School and Burley High; and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1956. He was employed at the University of Virginia Medical Center for many years until his retirement. Ralph was married to Shirley Monroe Smith and would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on September 27th.
In addition to his loving and devoted wife, Shirley he is survived by three sons, Ralph F. Smith, Jr. and wife, Anita of Killeen Texas, Earl R. Smith and wife, Mary of Harker Heights, Texas and Jerome Parson of Charlottesville; two daughters, Valerie S. Dudley of Silver Springs, Maryland, and Gloria S. Maupin of Charlottesville; two sisters, Margaret A. Harrison of Denver, Colorado and Doris S. Johnson and husband, Joseph of Charlottesville; fourteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Richard Monroe and wife, Clarice of Charlottesville; two sister-in-laws, Mary Smith of Charlottesville and Shirley Smith of West Chester, Ohio; one uncle Paul J. Dickerson and wife, Margie of El Paso, Texas and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Ebenezer Baptist Church with Pastor Lehman Bates officiating.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.