MECCA - Ernest R. Smith, 72, of Mecca, died on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at the Cortland Health Care Center in Cortland.
He was born on Oct. 10, 1939, in Andover, a son of the late Raymond Smith and the late Violet Smith.
Ernest was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during the Vietnam War, and he had worked a truck driver for 45 years.
He is survived by his wife, Lois M. Duncan Smith; two daughters, Joanne M. (Brian) Day of Gustavus and Julie A. (Brian) Lawrence of Warren; three sons, David L. Smith of Kinsman, Daniel B. Smith of Bristolville and Dennis R. (Leann) Smith of Mecca; a sister, Patricia Holden; and two brothers, James and Richard Smith. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Trisha Herald, Brian Day Jr., Carlie Lawrence and Brian Lawrence Jr., and Annabella, Morgan and Savannah Smith; and three great-grandchildren, Angel Kelley and Faith and Zachary Day.
Ernest was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Lynn Smith, and a brother, Earl Smith.
The family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Shafer-Winans Funeral Chapel in Cortland. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in the West Mecca Township Cemetery.
Family and friends may view this obituary and send condolences at www.shaferwinanschapel.com.