Smith, Sr., Jesse Roy

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amem_airforce.jpgJesse Roy (J.R.) Smith Sr., 78, of Christiansburg, Va., died on Sunday, March 29, 2009. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Roy Smith and Virginia Alls; his beloved grandson, Michael Lee Dove; and a sister, Sue Alls.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mescal Albert Smith; three children and their spouses, Jackie and Charles Dove, of Blacksburg, Jeanine and Randall Maxwell, of Christiansburg, Chuck and Janice Smith, also of Christiansburg; eight grandchildren; one greatgrandchild with one more great-grandchild due in August; a sister and her husband, Dot and C.W. Toney, of Moneta, Va.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

J.R. retired from the United States Air Force after serving 20 years and thereafter retired from IT&T in Roanoke, Va., after having worked 26 years. He and Mescal were members of Blacksburg First Wesleyan Church.

The viewing will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg. The funeral will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Blacksburg First Wesleyan Church located at 1406 Giles Road, N.E., Blacksburg with the Rev. John Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow in Westview Cemetery, Blacksburg. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg, Va.