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Richard Alan Smith

Richard SmithRichard Alan Smith, age 62, of Erwin, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 at the James H. Quillen V.A. Medical Center. A native of Erwin, he is a son of the late Robert “Goober” and Erma Jean Gearhart Smith. Mr. Smith served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Era. He was active with the Democratic Party and was a member of the United Steel Workers being active in S.O.A.R.; Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees. Richard worked for R.O. Smith Water Heaters, the former American Water Heater.

Richard Alan Smith has left behind to cherish his memories:

Brother: Lee Smith and wife Wanda, of Erwin;

Nephews: Leslie Smith and wife, Michelle of Charlotte, NC;

Derek Smith of Woodbridge, VA;

Uncles: Larry Gearhart and wife, Nancy of Flag Pond,

Bernie Jones and wife, Wanda of Erwin;

Aunt: Beatrice Harris of Erwin;

Good Friend: Art Smith of Erwin


The family will attend a private committal service at a later date.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at or on Facebook at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Richard Alan Smith through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.