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April 20, 2014

Elery Leroy Smith

GUYS MILLS — Elery Leroy Smith, 86, of Guys Mills, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Marquette Hospice House, Meadville.

He was born on Aug. 20, 1927, in Black Ash, the son of Elmer and Irene Walker Smith. He married Florence Bumpus on Nov. 10, 1951.

He was a fourth-generation dairy farmer for more than 60 years, in partnership with wife Florence and son Keith. He also drove school bus for Cochranton schools for many years.

He was an active member of Sugar Lake United Methodist Church, where he served in many roles. He and his wife were board members for Black Ash Cemetery, where his wife is interred.

In his younger years, he enjoyed baseball, playing for the Black Ash team He declined recruitment offers to play baseball in favor of leading a family-oriented life in the country with his wife. He will be remembered for his soft-spoken manner, kind and generous heart, steadfast faith in God, and an overwhelming love for his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence, who passed away on May 21, 2008, after 56 years of marriage.

He is survived by his four children, Noreen Sayers of Bradleytown, Keith Smith of Cooperstown, Cheryl Thomas and her husband, David, of Guys Mills, and David Smith and his wife, Deborah, of Duarte, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Jameson Walker and his wife, Kristin, Sarah Mattocks and her husband, Alex, Tavis Sayers and his wife, Stacey, Zachary Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Elizabeth Baker and her husband, Brent, Andrew Cervone and his wife, Alynn, Jordan Smith and Taylor Smith; nine great-grandchildren, Jaiben Walker, Justice Walker, Judson Walker, Jackson Mattocks, Jillian Mattocks, Isaiah Sayers, Alexia Sayers, Grace Cervone and Sophia Baker; and a new great-grandson due in May, Asher Sayers. He is also survived by his sisters, Alice Marie (Peg) Messerall of Meadville, and Linda Vaughn and her husband, Bill, of Paris, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Brown; brothers, Howard Smith, Walter Smith and Gaylord Smith; and a son-in-law, Thomas Sayers.

Friends may call at Dickson Family Funeral Home Inc., 123 S.Franklin St., Cochranton, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Frank Weingard, pastor of Sugar Lake United Methodist Church, officiating.

Interment will be in Black Ash Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to Sugar Lake United Methodist Church, 6680 Sugar Lake Road, Cochranton, Pa. 16314; or to the Elery Smith Memorial Gift, at the Marquette Hospice House, c/o Crawford County Hospice, 464 Pine St., Meadville, Pa. 16335.

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