Jackson Smith Obit
OBITUARY Page 16 - Raleigh Register, Beckley, W.Va., Thursday, Afternoon,
July 31, 1952
SMITH FUNERAL FRIDAY - FORMER CIRCUIT, COUNTY CLERK, COUNCILMAN DIES
Funeral services for Jackson Smith of 1004 S. Kanawha St., 87, will be
conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in the First Christian Church by Dr. A.H. Wilson.
Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery.
A member of a pioneer Raleigh County family, he died at 8:30 p.m. last
night in the Raleigh General Hospital. Death occurred 24 hours after he
became ill Tuesday night of what was believed to be heat exhaustion and was
taken to the hospital.
Smith, a life-long resident of Raleigh County, had been in public office
for more than 30 years. He had been a member of the Beckley City Council
for several terms, served 12 years as circuit clerk of Raleigh County, 18
years as county clerk in consecutive terms and was a one-time Republican
Party leader in the county. Before entering public office he taught school
for many years
He was elected circuit clerk in 1902 and 1908 and then was elected county
clerk in 1914, 1920, and 1926.
He was born during the Civil War, on Oct. 21, 1864, near Pear in Richmond
District and was the son of James and Susan Smith, early county settlers.
He was a lifetime member of the First Christian Church.
His wife, Minnie M. Hurt Smith, preceded him in death on Oct. 29, 1927.
Survivors include, three sons, Aubrey and Orliffe, both of Beckley, and
Wendell W., of Monroe, Mich.; two daughters, Miss Thelma Smith and Miss Alma
Smith, both of Beckley; two sisters Mrs. Martha Houchins, Preston; and Mrs.
Mary Stover, Beckley; one brother Ervin D. Smith, Beckley; and seven
The body will remain at the Keyser Funeral Home until one hour before the
Active pallbearers will be H.E. McMillan, Clarence L. Bibb, A.R. Braun,
E.S. Pugh Jr., Robert J. Ashworth and Carl C. Drewry.
Beckley Lodge BPOE No. 1452 will conduct services at the cemetery and
members of that lodge will serve as honorary pallbearers. BPOE members are
requested to meet at the lodge room at 1 p.m. Friday to attend Funeral
services in a body.