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The Howard Smiths: 1941

The Howard Smiths: 1941

October 1941. "Radford, Virginia (vicinity). Elsie Marie and Howard Jr., children of Mr. Howard H. Smith, with their mother on the porch of their new rural home, which was built for them by the Farm Security Administration on J.T Holley's property." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA. View full size.


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The Howard Smiths: 1941

I found the obituary for the boy, Howard H. Smith, Jr.

Howard Harrison Smith, Jr. better known as "Smitty" age 73 of Galax, Virginia passed away Thursday, January 14, 2010 at his home.

Mr. Smith was born on April 17, 1936 in Gary, West Virginia to Howard Harrison Smith, Sr. and Susie Day Smith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a niece Kathy Hicks.

He is survived by his daughter & son-in-law Kasondra Jo & David Kemp of Mt. Airy, N.C.; the mother of his daughter Martha Ann Semones of Hillsville,Va.; sisters & brothers-in-law Elsie Marie & Billy Dean Payne of Galax, Va.; Edna Viola & Frank Yount of Morristown, Tennessee; grandchildren Jonathan Corey & Kristy Ann Kemp; brother Dewayne Smith & Nellie Mabe of Galax. Va.; four nieces and six nephews.

Howard served in the United States Navy and worked as a mechanic for Hanes Knitwear in Galax, VA.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm in Vaughan-Guynn Chapel with Rev. Myron Dalton officiating. Burial will follow in Crooked Creek Cemetery with Military Rites by Grayson VFW Post 7726. The family will receive friends Friday evening from six until eight at Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home. Friends may also call at his home Harmony House Apt. #8 or at the home of his sister Elsie Payne at Fairview anytime.

Great picture

I love everything about this picture. Mom in her nice, if worn, dress, two beautiful kids, and I'll bet the house was cute, too (it looks well-built).

The little house I grew up in, in Dallas, had natural gray asbestos siding (with a straight edged bottom, rather than the wavy kind here) laid over clapboard siding, probably because it didn't require painting. It was a rental house that had served as the landlord's first home out of law school in 1927. It's since been town down and replaced by a McMansion.

Siding on house


[That's how it looked on the house I grew up in. -tterrace]

That Tie

Looks like he borrowed dad's. Also the shirt maybe?

Poor Mom

I guess Mom didn't warrant a first name?

[It's "Mrs." - Dave]

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