Raymond L. Smith, 92, of Atlanta

Raymond L. Smith, 92, of Atlanta


Raymond L. Smith, 92, of Atlanta, passed away peacefully on Thurs., March 6, 2014. A 12-year survivor of lung cancer, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Esther; and his younger siblings, Vern Smith and Mildred Smith Byrne. Born in Dayton, Ohio to Frieda and Ben Smith, of blessed memory, Raymond attended Ohio St. University before serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during WWII. Long time members of Beth Abraham Synagogue in Dayton, Ohio, he and Esther moved to Atlanta in 2002 to be closer to their family, and joined Congregation Or VeShalom. Raymond enjoyed playing bridge and golf, and will be remembered as the pillar of his family. He is survived by his daughters, Deborah Smith Nelson (Bruce) and Barbara Wendy Ziff (Tom); grandchildren: Zachary Nelson, David Ziff, and Erin Slosburg (Jake); great-grandson, Philip Slosburg; and many nieces and nephews. An online guestbook is available at www.edressler.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Congregation Or VeShalom, 1681 N. Druid Hills Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30319, www.orveshalom.org; to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org; or to Beth Abraham Synagogue, 305 Sugar Camp Cir., Dayton, OH 45409, www.bethabrahamdayton.org. Graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Sun., March 9 at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, with Rabbi Hayyim Kassorla officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, (770) 451-4999.

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