Life Story for
Alvin A. "Puz" Smith was born in Mt. Royal, NJ, on October 2, 1925, to the late Rosie Wright Smith and William U. Smith.
As a youngster, he attended Mt. Royal School, Clarksboro School, Mickleton School and Swedesboro High School, graduating in 1943. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944 and served in World War II, in the Pacific Theater in Okinawa, until 1946. He was a member of the Anthony T. Calista VFW Post 5579 of Gibbstown, NJ. Every Veterans Day, he and other members of the VFW post would place flags on graves of war veterans in East Greenwich Township, NJ.
He was a dedicated of employee of Mobil Oil Refinery, where he worked as an Instrument technician for 40 years. He also was a skilled electrician and plumber, and he had a plumbing business on the side for many years. Often, he would do plumbing work free of charge for churches and for elderly people.
He was an avid flower and vegetable gardener, and he spent weekends and summer evenings tilling his soil with his rototiller and his red tractor. He planted rose bushes, tulips, hyacinths and daffodils to beautify his home and yard. Every year he grew bushels of corn, lima beans, string beans, tomatos and strawberries, to name a few, often giving vegetables away for others to enjoy.
Alvin was a dedicated and faithful member of the Angel Visit Baptist Church in Mt. Royal, where he served as a member of the Trustee Board. He was board president for many years. He enjoyed going to church and attending Bible Study Wednesday evenings.
He met the love of his life, Harriet Rose Goldsboro, at Franklinville Rollerskating Rink. Harriet and Alvin later got married and had four children. He loved spending time with his family, taking his family on summer trips to Cape May. He also enjoyed photography, sports, Phillies games, and attending the Philadelphia Flower Show each year.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Harriet Rose Goldsboro Smith; two sons, Keith A. Smith (Theresa) and Gregory D. Smith (Diane); two daughters, Tracy R. Smith and Dr. Stacy L. Smith; six grandchildren, Jaime, Joshua, Nicole, Jarred, Melinda and Devon; eight sisters-in-law, 6 brothers-in-law and a host of other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his four brothers: William S. Smith, Donald Smith, Earl Smith and Charles Smith.