Ralph B. Smith Sr.

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 7, 2003

Ralph Barker Smith Sr., 80, of Suffolk, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, in Nansemond Pointe.

Born on Oct. 1, 1922, in Appomattox, he was a son of the late Mima Barker and Charles Garland Smith Sr.

Retired from dairy farming, he was past president of the Virginia State Dairymen’s Association and the Virginia Holstein Association.

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He was a past president of Elephant’s Fork Ruritan Club and a former member of the Suffolk Rotary Club. He was a member of Oakland Christian Church, and a former member and deacon of Suffolk Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Jackson Smith; daughter, Barbara S. Tabb, her husband, Jon, of Prince George County; son, Ralph B. &uot;Steve&uot; Smith Jr., his wife, Rebecca, of Lynchburg; sister, Winnie Ruth Johnson of Bristol; brothers, C.G. Smith Jr. of Clifton; Richard L. Smith of Kingsport, Tenn.; and Jack F. Smith of Fairfield; grandchildren, Melisa Strader, her husband, Scott; Kristen Hurlocker, her husband, Paul; Kelly Thomas; Katie Floyd, her husband, Jacob; Charles R. Smith; and five great-grandchildren.

The memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in Suffolk Christian Church by the Rev. Michael Halley and the Rev. Mark Burns. Burial will in Holly Lawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the R.W. Baker and Co. Funeral Home and Crematory.