Obituary: Roy Edward Smithson

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Roy Edward "Duke" Smithson, 92, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010.

Mr. Smithson grew up in the Ash Hill Community and was a longtime resident of the Cross Keys Community. He was a member of Peytonsville Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louella Hartley Smithson; grandsons, George Smithson Jr. and Troy Edward Smithson; and several brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his sons, George (Nancy) Smithson and Jerry (Penny) Smithson; daughter, Judy Deason (Fred) Haley; brother, Dorris "Putt" (Margaret) Smithson; sisters, Rebecca "Sis" Haskins and Jimmie Robinson; seven grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Gibson and Bro. Bobby Sadler officiating, followed by burial in Williamson Memorial Gardens.

The active pallbearers will be David, Jerry Lee, Mark and Chad Deason, Houston Bagsby, and Michael Smithson.

The honorary pallbearers will be the Bethesda Senior Citizens, David Sandlin, Mildred and Wesley Robinson, Jimmy Jenkins, and Jonathan Ladd. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.