Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Obituary Archives

January 23, 2013

Arnold J. Smith

BLUEFIELD — Arnold J. Smith, 75, of 2320 Cliffmont Avenue, Bluefield, W.Va., passed away Monday, January 21, 2013 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

He is the son of the late James and Martha Smith and was preceded in death by his sister, Stella Sadler.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sandra Webb Smith; daughter, Marsha J. Smith of Huntington, W.Va.; son, Norman W. Smith of Bluefield, W.Va.; sisters, Bea Perry and husband Bob, Helen Lawless, Karen Porshia and husband Elwood, and Brenda Aldridge and husband Doug; beloved dog Abby and grand-dog, Petie. Additional survivors include various nieces and nephews.  

Arnold served with the U.S. Army during the Berlin Crisis and was stationed in Germany. After returning from active duty, he served in the 304th Military Police Co. of the Army Reserve.  

With a special love of music and an amazing talent, he was one of the original Blue Chords of the 1950s. Throughout the years, Arnold played with various bands, most recently with The Emeralds.  

The family will receive friends at Mercer Funeral Home on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 12:30-2:00 p.m.

A graveside service will follow on Thursday at Maple Hill Cemetery in Bluefield, Va. at 2:30 p.m. with Minister Dan Webb officiating. Military graveside rites will be provided by the Mercer County Veterans Council and the West Virginia Honor Guard. Serving as pallbearers will be Ron Sagedy, Dwight Bryant, Jack McCormick, Mark Webb, Ronnie Basconi and Mike Webb.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the McDowell County Humane Society.

Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting

Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory of Bluefield is serving the family of Arnold J. Smith.

Text Only
Obituary Archives
  • Hazel Angles Hill Folden Hazel Angles Hill Folden

    Hazel Angles Hill Folden, 88, of Lashmeet died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Princeton Community Hospital.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Norma Janice Dunford Bane

    Norma Janice Dunford Bane, 82, of Bluefield, VA died Saturday April 12, 2014 in a Princeton nursing home.

    April 15, 2014

  • Francis Carol Oxley Ball Francis Carol Oxley Ball

     Francis Carol Oxley Ball, 63, of 150 Butternut Drive, Princeton entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior. She began her new journey on Sunday evening, April 13, 2014, at her home with her family by her side.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lonnie E. Stiltner Jr.

     Lonnie E. Stiltner, Jr. age 64 of the Thompson Valley community of Tazewell County, VA died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, TN.

    April 15, 2014

  • Fred Eugene Harless Fred Eugene Harless

     Fred Eugene Harless, 73, of 901 Stafford Drive, Apartment 715, Princeton, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ollie Geneva Brewster Bowman

    Ollie Geneva Brewster Bowman, age 85, of North Tazewell, VA died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center at Bluefield, WV.

    April 14, 2014

  • Richard Taliaferro Massie

    Richard Taliaferro Massie was born on June 13, 1949, to Robert Walter and Mabel Gunter Massie. He passed away from this life on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the age of 64.

    April 14, 2014

  • John Timothy “Tim” Griffith

    John Timothy “Tim” Griffith, 45, of Virginia Avenue, Bluefield, Va., went home to be with the Lord Saturday, April 12, 2014.

    April 14, 2014

  • John “Scott”  Hamilton John “Scott” Hamilton

    Scott always said he would remain here and do the work of the Lord until the Lord was finished with him — the Lord decided that on April 12, 2014 it was time for him to retire and go home .

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Irene Lee Sweet Church

     Irene Lee Sweet Church, age 82 took her journey home on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Claypool Hill with her daughters by her side.

    April 13, 2014