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Danny D. Smith
January 28, 1935 ~ July 2, 2008 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Danny D. Dan Smith, 73, of New Martinsville, W.Va. died Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at his campground in Ashley, W.Va.
Dan was born January 28, 1935 in Salem, W.Va. the son of the late Thomas Arthur and Sylvia Roxanna Riffee Smith.
Dan was retired co-owner of Dans Auto Sales on Rt.2 New Martinsville and a co-owner of Ashley Campground in Ashley, W.Va., he started in the music industry at the young age of 17 and his first live broadcast was on WMMN in Fairmont; for several years he hosted the Gospel Jubilee on radio WETZ, for over fifty years he was the leader of the Chaparral Band, he and country Johnny Mathis were the co-authors of the song Black Sheep; he performed at the Wheeling Jamboree; past member of the Musicians Union Moundsville Local #496; attended Indian Creek Southern Baptist Church and was a member of Cascara Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Eldred; a sister, Dortha June; and one nephew.
Surviving are his wife of fifty years, Alice June Taylor Smith; three children, JuDeen Cox and her husband, Richard, of Buckhannon, W.Va., Dena Smith-Toll and her husband, James, of Enterprise, W.Va. and Duke Danny D. Smith, Jr. of New Martinsville, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Greg Hamilton of SanDiego, Calif., Amanda Currey of Shirley, W.Va., and Cassie Underwood and Jamie Anderson, both of Salem, W.Va.; one great grandson, Daniel Underwood, of Salem, W.Va.; three sisters, Helena Hunt, of Fontana, Calif., Eva Holley of Sebring, Fla. and Linda K Frazier and her husband, Greg, of Vienna, W.Va.; one brother, Randall Smith and his wife, Kim, of Weirton, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Saturday, July 5, 2008, Jarvis Funeral Home, Paden City, W.Va. Friends will then be received 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, July 6, 2008 at the Harbert Funeral Home in Salem, W.Va. where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Monday, July 7, 2008 with Pastors Bobby Thomas and Lester Stinebiser officiating. Interment will follow in the Odd Fellows Memorial Park, Salem, W.Va.