J. Howard Smith, Lockheed manager


J. Howard Smith, a retired procurement manager and furniture refinisher, died of pneumonia Feb. 25 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The longtime Churchville resident was 83.

The son of a dairy farmer, Mr. Smith was born and raised in Aberdeen. He was a 1942 graduate of Bel Air High School and was deferred during World War II because he was engaged in essential agricultural work.

During the late 1940s, he managed Western Maryland Dairy in Churchville, and later owned and operated Maiden Lane Farm near Bel Air for more than 15 years.

Mr. Smith was a procurement manager for 35 years for Lockheed Martin Corp. until retiring in 1987.

He also sold real estate and owned and operated an antiques and furniture-refinishing business.

Mr. Smith was an accomplished duck carver and stained-glass artist. He liked hunting and fishing and was a member of the Isaak Walton League. He was also a member of the Lions Club of Bel Air.

He enjoyed meeting old friends for a monthly game of pitch, said his wife of 25 years, the former C. Barbara Radar.

Mr. Smith was a communicant of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Havre de Grace, where a Mass of Christian was offered Saturday.

Also surviving are two stepsons, David H. Cahill Jr. of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Michael B. Cahill of Marrero, La.; two stepdaughters, Maureen M. Furst of Baltimore and Sharon A. Bongiovanni of Baldwin; a brother, Charles E. Smith of Bel Air; and eight grandchildren. His wife of many years, the former Bettie Ball, died in 1982.

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