Nicholas Smith Jr., 81

Retired Army sergeant taught correctional officers

March 10, 2007

Nicholas Smith Jr., a retired Army master sergeant who later taught correctional officers, died March 3 of cancer at his daughter's home in Hanover, Pa. He was 81.

Born in Goldsboro, N.C., he joined the Army in 1944 and attained the rank of master sergeant. He served in Europe, Hawaii and the Far East during a 20-year career. He moved to Baltimore's Belle Avenue many years ago.

After leaving the service, Mr. Smith taught at Morgan State University and was a correctional training officer at the Maryland State Penitentiary until 1984, when he retired.

Mr. Smith enjoyed fishing, gardening and outdoor cooking.

He was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses and belonged to the Lake Marburg congregation in Hanover, where he moved in 1997.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. March 17 at the March West Funeral Home on Wabash Avenue.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Willie Harrison, a retired Social Security Administration technician; four daughters, Vicki Pendleton, Verna Smith and Valerie Bivens, all of Baltimore, and Villette Maynor of Hanover, Pa.; a sister, Hilda Bouldin of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

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