Leedom Richard Smith

Leedom Richard Smith, age 95 of West Grove, PA, passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the Chester County Hospital. He was the husband for 53 years of Joyce (Crossan) Smith who passed away on April 22, 2016. Born on August 1, 1926 in West Chester, he was the son of the late Leedom V. and Clara M. (Sharp) Smith.

Leedom was a graduate of Kennett High School. He proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II and was deployed to the South Pacific, working as a helmsman and baker. He was active in the Avondale United Methodist Church for more than 50 years serving as a Trustee and involved with the Methodist Men. He spent much of his career as a truck driver, working for a variety of local fuel oil, gasoline, and propane companies, retiring at the age of 63. He loved tending his vegetable garden and fruit trees, watching the Philadelphia Phillies, hunting, and bowling. He was a member of the VFW Post 5467, Kennett Square.

Leedom is survived by his three daughters, Susan E. Smith, Linda M. Mitchell (Bruce) and Patricia J. Evans (William) all of Kennett Square, grandson Nicholas Evans, sister Ann Thompson and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Jane E. Berube, Louise Walker, and Robert J. Smith.

All are invited to a graveside service on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 11 AM at the Bradford Cemetery, Marshallton, PA. Contributions may be made in Mr. Smith’s name to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 704 W Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA 19348 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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