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Charles Ota "C. O." Smith, Sr
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Birth: May 23, 1897
Abraham
Raleigh County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 13, 1978
Hinton
Summers County
West Virginia, USA

Charles Ota "C.O." Smith Sr., 81, of Shady Spring, Raleigh County, W.Va., died on 13 Dec 1978 in Hinton Hospital, Summers County, W.Va., after a brief illness. He was born in Abraham, Raleigh County, a son of George Washington Smith Jr. and his first wife Emily Alice Vandall Smith.

Mr. Smith was a retired engineer with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway and a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He served as constable of Richmond District, Raleigh County.

He was a member of the Pluto Missionary Baptist Church, known as the Old Log Church, Richmond District.

In 1915 he married Flora Lee Arthur, a daughter of Charles William Arthur and wife Caroline "Carrie" Janney Arthur.

He was survived by his wife; nine children: Charles O. Smith Jr., Dempsey Rudolph Smith, Jesse Sebird Smith, Robert Noel Smith, Louella Ethel Smith Goodson, Juanita Flora Smith Fitzgerald, Carrie Eileen Smith Mann, June Elizabeth Smith Westfall, Rachel Marie Smith Richmond; three half-brothers, Earl George Smith, Carl Eugene Smith and Everett Abraham Smith; two half sisters, Golda Smith Fox and Eda Smith Ellison; 38 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held in the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Peace Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Owen Lilly officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

SOURCES: Smith family obituaries.
Information courtesy of E.M. Smith, # 47134804 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  George Washington Smith (1860 - 1940)
  Emily Alice Vandall Smith (1864 - 1905)
 
 Spouse:
  Flora Lee Arthur Smith (1895 - 1990)
 
 Children:
  Rachel Marie Smith Richmond (1917 - 2014)*
  Juanita Flora Smith Fitzgerald (1919 - 2007)*
  Charles O. Smith (1921 - 2013)*
  Jesse Sebird Smith (1923 - 1991)*
  Carrie Eileen Smith Mann (1924 - 2013)*
  June Elizabeth Smith Westfall (1929 - 2003)*
  Dempsey Rudolph Smith (1931 - 2001)*
  Robert Noel Smith (1934 - 1995)*
 
 Siblings:
  Bertha Jane Smith Surbaugh (1882 - 1941)*
  Bessie Smith Arthur (1884 - 1955)*
  Glenville Everett Smith (1886 - 1952)*
  Wayne Smith (1888 - 1911)*
  Arthur Jackson Smith (1890 - 1956)*
  Ida Smith Martin (1892 - 1970)*
  Ola Ernest Smith (1894 - 1974)*
  Charles Ota Smith (1897 - 1978)
  Emily Mae Smith Hutchison (1902 - 1952)*
  Katherine Golda Smith Fox (1909 - 2009)**
  Pearl Lora Smith Gwinn (1910 - 1962)**
  Eda Flora Smith Ellison (1912 - 2003)**
  Earl George Smith (1914 - 1986)**
  Carl Eugene Smith (1916 - 1995)**
  Everett Abraham Smith (1918 - 2003)**
  Ernest Sidney Smith (1919 - 1978)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Sunset Memorial Park
Beckley
Raleigh County
West Virginia, USA
Plot: Highlawn 18-34 Flat Section
 
Created by: historianne
Record added: Jun 20, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 112600820
Charles Ota C. O. Smith, Sr
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Charles Ota C. O. Smith, Sr
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Charles Ota C. O. Smith, Sr
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