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Harold Cummings Smith

May 15, 1938 May 13, 2019
Harold Cummings Smith
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Harold C. Smith passed away peacefully at Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital after a long illness.

Born on May 15th, 1938 in Chester, SC, Harold lived in Columbia for many years where he met his wife, Becky, on a blind date while she was a student at Columbia College. After marrying, they lived in Columbia for 9 years before moving to Newberry in 1977.

Harold was a math teacher before becoming a career counselor at the Newberry County Career Center. After retiring, he spent his days working part-time with Disabilities and Special Needs.

He enjoyed spending his spare time hiking, swimming, working out at the YMCA, and taking his children to playgrounds where they were “strongly encouraged” to “cross the monkey bars”.

He also supported many charities through the years and was active in the Civitan Club and at Central United Methodist Church, where he joyfully sang in the choir and taught Sunday school for many years.

As husband and wife, Harold and Becky spent nearly 51 loving years together. Harold is survived by his wife Becky; 4 wonderful children: Julie (Brian) Crooks of Irmo, Nancy Smith of Columbia, Melissa Smith of Newberry, and Dean (Mattie) of Chapin. He is also survived by two grandchildren (Jordan and Tyler Crooks), sister-in-law Helen Kinion of Greenville, sister Jane Benjamin of Greenwood, sister Lavina (Lauren) Chandler of Columbia, and numerous nieces and nephews whom he affectionately referred to as “little froggies”, leading to his nickname of “Uncle Froggy”.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central UMC in Newberry, Epworth Children’s Home, or the National Kidney Foundation.

A Memorial service for Harold will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Central United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends following the service in the Family Life Center.

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2:00 PM 5/18/2019 2:00:00 PM
Central United Methodist Church

1005 College Street
Newberry, SC 29108

The family will receive friends following the service in the Family Life Center of Central United Methodist Church

Central United Methodist Church
1005 College Street Newberry 29108 SC
United States

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