Melvin H. “Mel” Smith, 99, of Jameson Care Center, went to be with his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, on Oct. 18, 2009.

Born Nov. 23, 1909, in Salem, W.Va., he was a son of the late W. Thomas and Judith Myrtle Hissom Smith.

He was married to Ida Stoughton Smith for 64 years. She preceded him in death in 2000.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and served as deacon, elder, clerk of session and Sunday school teacher.

He graduated from Bruin High School in Bruin, Pa., and Beckley Business College in Harrisburg. While in college, he started working for S.S. Kresge Co.

In 1940, he moved to New Castle to work for Roms Wholesale Food Co. He was in auto sales and management for many years. At the age of 90, he retired as an agent for Lincoln National Life Insurance Co.

He loved people and sales. His hobbies were playing golf and bridge.

At an early age, he learned to play the harmonica, violin and piano.

He was also an avid Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

He is survived by his loving family, including daughters and sons-in-law, Janice Kay and Michael McBurney of New Castle, and Melanie Kay and Gerald Rankin of Cary, N.C.; two grandsons and their spouses, David and Shea Rankin, and Todd and Tracy Rankin; three great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren, Abby, Seth, William and Scott McBurney, and Jane Carberry; and a niece and her husband, Sara Lee and George Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one sister, Deloris Buzard

Visitation is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory, 2429 Wilmington Road.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. tomorrow at First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Dr. Raymond I. Hylton officiating.

Burial will be in Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia, Pa.

A memorial gift may be given to the ministry of First Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Jefferson St., New Castle 16101.

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