Ira Lee Stith, 94, of Pulaski, Va., died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at Carrington Place in Wytheville, Va.
He was born Nov. 26, 1923, to the union of James and Betty Stith.
He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1943.
As a young man Ira liked reading all types of books, which included westerns, Star magazines and Esquire magazines. He read the entire Bible through three times, his favorite book being Job.
He was employed at Coleman Furniture and Pulaski Furniture for many years until they closed in 2007.
Ira was preceded in death by his parents, James and Betty Stith; brothers, Robert Lewis Stith and James Odell Stith; sisters, Helen Kirkland and Elizabeth Carter; and grandson, John Patrick IV.
He leaves to cherish his memory, Margie Stith, his devoted wife of 68 years; two sisters, Bonnie Hash of Pulaski, Va., and Janice Hale of Roanoke, Va.; one son, Ira Stith Jr.; three daughters, Awana (John) Patrick or Roanoke, Va., Debra (Douglas) Patterson of Pulaski, Va., and Sherry Smith, Dublin, Va.; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends, Marie Babb, who always brought him little goodies she thought he could use, and Junior Redd, who was always there to assist him when needed.
Funeral services are Friday, Sept. 14, noon, at First Baptist Church on Magazine Street, with the Rev. Douglas Patterson officiating. The family is receiving friends 11 a.m. until service time.
The family would like to express our deepest appreciation to Highland Ridge Rehab Center, LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski, Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, Carrington Place, Wytheville, Va., and Dr. Kaatz and his staff.
With sincere gratitude, the family would like to thank you for all thoughts, prayers and acts of kindness shown during our time of bereavement.