Blair Smith

Blair D. Smith

Sunday, April 4th, 1926 - Thursday, August 6th, 2020
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Blair D. Smith, of Pleasant Gap, formerly of Martinsburg and Hollidaysburg, passed away peacefully among family and the loving staff of Centre Crest on August 6, 2020.

Born April 4, 1926 in Martinsburg he was the son of the late Susae and Amon Smith. He was a 1943 graduate of Morrison Cove High School and attended Juniata College. He retired after 30 years as an office manager for the Federal Farm and Credit Banks and Production Credit Associations under the Federal Intermediate Credit Banks of Baltimore.

He was a veteran of the Army and served in the Korean Conflict in Intelligence and also as a Medic from 1955-1957. He was honorably discharged.

Blair is survived by two daughters, Beth Ann Bower (Charles) and Sue Ellen Bainbridge (Steven) and numerous nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara L. Smith, with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. In addition, he was preceded by three sisters, Vera, Louise, Darlene; and three brothers, Clyde, Eli and Mahlon.

He was a member of the Pleasant Gap United Methodist Church for over 50 years. Heartfelt thanks to our church family, to Dr. Dennis Shannon, his staff and to all the administration and staff of Centre Crest for their kindness, compassion, and care for the last three years. In addition, the family would like to thank their friends and relatives for all their love and support.

Blair loved hunting and spending time in the woods. He often prepared his Sunday School lessons sitting in the woods in Greens Valley. The home of Barbara and Blair was always open to anyone and always full of love and laughter. Sunday night was always game night for friends and family. Most of all he loved sitting on his porch with friends and fixing or inventing things. His house was filled with wonderful things he invented to make life easier for his wife. Blair was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, and friend who will be greatly missed.

His life has been blessed by deep faith, love of friends and family, and a great sense of humor. He left the world with no unfinished business. He easily expressed his gratitude and love for his family and friends. His quiet, gentle spirit will live on in all those who knew him.

Due to the current pandemic, a private graveside service will be held, a Celebration of Life service may be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Pleasant Gap United Methodist Church, 179 S. Main Street, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823 or to the future Centre Care Garden Fund, 502 E. Howard Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823.
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    Private at the convenience of the family
    Due to the current pandemic, a private graveside service will be held, a Celebration of Life service may be held at a later date.
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    206 N. Spring Street
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    Due to the current pandemic, a private graveside service will be held, a Celebration of Life service may be held at a later date.


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Edna Packer

Posted at 10:38am
Beth Ann, Sue Ellen and family - I remember when your wonderful family arrived in the ‘Gap’ in 2nd grade - So many great thoughts and memories of your dad (and mom) through the years.... I’m so sorry for your loss and keeping you in my thought and prayers. Edna (Gray) Packer

Kim Sample

Posted at 03:14pm
Beth, Sue and family,

I would like to offer my sympathies on the loss of Blair. I know he was many things to many people, but to me he was a joy to interact with. In the last three years I never saw Blair in a bad mood! He was always willing to try things and had such a fun personality. I will miss him dearly!

Kim Sample

Keith Walker

Posted at 09:30pm
I was blessed and honored 30 years ago to take over for Blair at the Centre Hall office of Farm Credit after he retired. Over all of the years since then, many of his customers have commented to me about his kindness, sincerity, and love that he showed towards them. I have done my best to emulate Blair since then, but he left very big shoes to fill. He leaves a legacy that you can be proud of!
Keith Walker

Posted at 02:24pm
To Blair Smith Family: My name is Wanda Ardry Meredith and I remember your father visiting the family farm and my Dad visiting
Blair at his home in Pleasant Gap. He is helped the farmers. Sincerely yours, Wanda M. Ardry Meredith of State College.

Janet & Mark Shuey

Posted at 09:27am
Please accept our condolence on the death of your father.
Janet & Mark Shuey

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