Hartley J. Smith Jr. 95
Was Lorain Pioneer Family and U. S. Steel Supervisor Retiree
Hartley J. Smith Jr. age 95 and residing at the Georgia War Veterans Home went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 30, 2022 in Milledgeville, Georgia. He has now joined his beloved wife, Margaret Mae.
He is the great, great, great, great grandson of John Seidel Smith and the 5th generation Smith born in Lorain as his ancestors settled here in the year 1810.
Hartley was born on Saturday, April 9, 1927 in Lorain, Ohio the son of the late Hartley J. Sr. and Rosella (nee Schueller) Smith. He attended Lorain schools and was a graduate of Lorain High School, Class of 1945-B.
Mr. Smith began his career at the former National Tube on June 10, 1943 within the Brick Dept. and retired from U. S. Steel as a supervisor within the Fuel & Power Dept. on October 31, 1983 after over 40 years of service. He also had been employed at Lorain Products for a 5-year period as a coil winder while employed at the steel mill.
In 1945 he was drafted and then enlisted in the former U. S. Army Air Corps. He served a period of 3 years having spent 18 months in Germany within the 8th and 9th Air Force. He received two discharges; one from the U. S. Army as well as one from the newly formed U. S. Air Force.
He met Margaret Mae Bradley in 1949 and they were married on June 30, 1951. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage before her death in 2009.
Mr. Smith was active in Scouting and served as an Advancement Man for Cub Scout Den #350. He also served as Scout Master for Troop #350. He was a member of the Lorain Senior Fellowship. Mr. Smith thoroughly enjoyed roller skating, bowling, fishing, camping, coin & stamp collecting, his computer, making DVD’s and travelling around the United States in the family motor home. He authored a book about the History of Lorain.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Bradley Hartley and Anita Carol (nee Murphy) Smith of East Lake Sinclair, Georgia; several nieces, nephews and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Leila (Smith) Hoover and by brothers Robert H. Smith, Richard Smith, Howard L. Smith and Charles “Chuckie” Smith; by three grandchildren Korbin Smith, Kristi Smith and Kaleb Smith.
Services for Hartley J. Smith Jr. have been entrusted to the Boyer and Cool Funeral Home, 1124 W. Fifth Street in Lorain where a visitation will be held on Saturday, May 7th from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00pm in the funeral home with family friend Rev. Joseph F. Conley officiating. Military rites and burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial donations be made to: Special Olympics Georgia Area 7, c/o Jesse Griggers, 6801 Moseley Dixon Road, Macon, GA 31220
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Special Olympics-Georgia Area 7
c/o Jesse Griggers, 6801 Moseley Dixon Road, Macon GA 31220