Beverly Stephen “Steve” Smith, went home to be with the Lord Friday, January 31, 2020, in the arms of his loving wife, Adele Smith, following a very courageous battle with cancer for the past year. Steve and Adele had been residents of Lake Monticello, Virginia, since their marriage five years ago.

Born February 9, 1936, in Greenville, Tennessee, he was the only son of the late Francis “Bus” and Mary Lee Islar Smith.

Steve graduated from West Virginia University with a Master’s Degree in Agriculture. He worked many years as an Extension Agent both in West Virginia and Virginia. He will be remembered by the many farmers he helped in both areas. He received many awards and honors for his work in the field of agriculture.

One of Steve’s favorite memories was of the time he spent driving a tractor trailer for Burns Motor Freight, while waiting to be called to the United States Army. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1965.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Sara Jones, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Sherry Hurt, of Glade Spring, Virginia; two daughters, Lisa Smith, of Barboursville, Virginia, and Ella Rusyniak, of Richmond, Virginia; four step-children, Wayne Loudermilk, of Charlottesville, Virginia, Diane Loudermilk, (Rusty Nobles), of Williamsburg, Virginia, Nancy Lewis, (Larry), of Ashland, Virginia, and Laura Salzman, (Glenn), of Palmyra, Virginia; as well as several step-grandchildren, and a special family friend, Marie Jones, of Lake Monticello, Virginia.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ken Ballew, the staff at UVA Emergency Department, members of the Lake Monticello Rescue Squad, as well as all of Steve’s many caregivers over the past several months. May God bless you.

Funeral service was held February 4 at Mountain Eagle Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A visitation will be held February 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at Lantz Funeral Home in Buckeye. Funeral service will be held at noon at the funeral home. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Marlinton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lake Monticello Rescue Squad, 14 Slice Road, Palmyra, VA 22963.

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