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Robert W. Smith

OCEAN CITY – Robert Woodhall Smith, age 89, of Ocean City, formerly of Federalsburg, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Phillip Glenn Smith and Marion Haycroft Smith. He is survived by his wife Miriam Nichols Smith, whom he married on June 21, 1952, and by two daughters, Sharon R. Smith of Ocean Pines, and Kathleen E. Smith, of Ocean City. 

He was adored grandfather of; Erin Terrell, Shannon Tustin, Robert Lomax, Alexander Bean, and Meghan Bean, and two great-granddaughters, Riley Terrell and Camryn Terrell. He leaves a brother, Donald B. Smith of Lincoln, Calif., He was preceded in death by two brothers, Glenn H. Smith and Gordon J. Smith

After attending schools in Philadelphia, Michigan, and California, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1942. He saw action in North Africa, Anzio, Monte Cassino, Rome and Northern Italy. For his service in WWII, he received a Bronze Star, and Oak Leaf Cluster and a Purple Heart. 

After returning to civilian life, he worked as a meat cutter until 1963, when he began working for Federal Paper and Chemical Co. in Federalsburg. He retired in May 2000 and moved to Ocean City.

Mr. Smith was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, and was a past Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 570. He was also a member of Union United Methodist Church in Federalsburg, and the 34th Infantry Division. He loved animals and nature, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren, and great-granddaughters.

A funeral service was held at the Burbage Funeral Home on Friday. Donations may be made in his memory to: Union United Methodist Church, 301 N. Main St. Federalsburg, MD 21632, or Military Order of the Purple Heart Delmarva Chapter 570 P.O. Box 281, Denton, MD 21629.

Arrangements are in the care of Burbage Funeral Home.  Acknowledgements to the family may be sent to