The Daily Item
SUNBURY — Ercell M. “Bud” Smith Jr., 95, of North Fifth Street, died peacefully on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Fort Wayne, Ind., surrounded by his family.
Bud was born Oct. 22, 1917, in Lightstreet, a son of the late Ercell M. and Grace Louise (Terwilliger) Smith. On Feb. 6, 1943, he married the former Anna May Stiner, who preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 2005.
He was a graduate of Orangeville High School.
Bud entered the Army Signal Corps in 1942, serving during World War II, stationed in Fort Monmouth, N.J., and was honorably discharged in 1946.
He was employed with Dean Phipps Stores, RPS Automotive and later Shoemaker Autoparts, all of Sunbury.
He was a member for more than 60 years of Christ United Methodist Church, Northumberland, where he sang in the choir and was the Sunday school superintendent for more than 30 years. Bud was a member of the Susquehanna Valley Men’s Prayer Covenant for more than 25 years, and he and his wife were involved in Lay Witness Missions for many years.
He is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, James E. and Lois Nelson Smith, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Jeffrey L. Smith, of Selinsgrove; and one granddaughter, Michela Joy Smith, of Fort Wayne.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jane Louise Smith, and a brother, R. Max Smith.
Friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, at the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King St., Northumberland, followed by a memorial service at 11.
Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Americus Ambulance Service, 100 Linden St., Sunbury, PA 17801, or Northeast Allen County Fire and EMS, P.O. Box 428, Grabill, IN 46741.