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Arthur J. Smith  

Arthur J. Smith
“Pop-Pop” “Joe” “Pop”

May 27, 1937 – August 11, 2015

Arthur J. Smith, age 78, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, in the comfort of his own home with his loving family by his side.

Born on May 27, 1937 in Cleveland, Virginia, he was the son of the late Claude Wilson Smith and Erma Presley Smith. In his earlier years, he attended Cleveland High School in Virginia. In November of 1960, Joe moved to Delaware where he made his living at Gore from 1960 – 1968 and at the Chrysler plant in Newark from 1968 – 1995.

Joe lived for his family, always putting them before himself. He lived a selfless life where he took pride in watching his children and grandchildren grow. Family was the cornerstone and guiding principle for Joe’s life, which made him rich with the love all around him. Spending quality time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren gave him the most enjoyment. He loved family gatherings, from small BBQ’s to family reunions, where he enjoyed watching the children laugh and play and visiting with family. In his leisure time, he loved camping at Cherrystone Campground with family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Daniel “Danny” Smith, Sr. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Kaye Smith; daughter, Crystal Duncan and her husband, Randale; son, David Smith and his wife, Alene; stepson Glen Miller; stepdaughter, Tanya Wilson and her husband, Dave; two sisters, Betty Jane Leonard and her husband, Bob and Debra Musick and her husband, Wayne; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and many dear friends.

A funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where friends may visit with Joe’s family from 11 am until 12 Noon. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE 19720.

Memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to Faith Lutheran Church, 2265 Red Lion Road, Bear, DE 19702 or to VITAS Community Connection, 100 Commerce Drive, Suite 302, Newark, DE 19713.

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  1. Tanya Wilson, August 14, 2015

    You were a wonderful step father for 35 years. I have lots on wonderful memories. I love you very much and will miss you. Even though I know you are better off it still hurts and I miss you.

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  2. Hollie Cherie Smith, August 15, 2015

    Poppop you were the greatest grandfather in this world. I am going to miss you so much. I know you are in heaven watching over all of us and although it will never be the same without you i know you are no longer suffering. I love you sooo much rest in paradise. *My Angel*

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  3. joe de Rosa, August 16, 2015

    I knew Joe for a short time. He was always pleasant and kind to everyone he met. I will always remember his contagious smile. I am certain God has a special place for Joe-next to Him. May his soul rest in peace.

    Joe de Rosa, Wilmington,De

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    • Kaye Smith, August 20, 2015

      Thank you Joe nice to hear from you.

      Reply
  4. George & Lil Seward, August 18, 2015

    Kaye, Crystal, David and Family’
    With heavy heart we are sadden to hear of Joe’s passing. We shared so many good times and memories over the years with Joe. He will be sadly missed. You are all in our prayers and thoughts.
    With Deepest Sympathy, George & Lil Seward and the Entire Seward Family

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    • Kaye Smith, August 20, 2015

      Thank You for thinking of us in a time of our loss

      Reply
  5. Bub & Kitten Smith, August 18, 2015

    We are so sorry for your loss. Love Bub & Kitten

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    • Kaye Smith, August 20, 2015

      Thank You

      Reply

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