Richard Blackwell Smith, 65, a disabled veteran of World War II and a lifelong area resident who was active in church organizations, died Saturday at the Veterans Administration Hospital after a stroke.
Mr. Smith served with the Army as an infantry sharpshooter in the Pacific. He received a head wound on Luzon in the Philippines and was granted total disability. His decorations included the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
He had been a member of the Presbyterian Church of the Atonement in Silver Spring for more than 30 years, and had been the church financial secretary for 25 years. He also had served on the church's board of trustees and volunteered his time as a driver for the church bus.
Mr. Smith was a native of Washington and a 1935 graduate of old Central High School. Before World War II, he had worked for Eastman Kodak and for the Capital Transit Co. here. He lived in Silver Spring before moving to Burtonsville, Md., about six years ago.
Survivors include three brothers, Claude R., of Vienna, Walter A. Jr., of Potomac, and William W. Sr., of Gaithersburg, and a sister, Illy Vaughn Corbin McGee of Burtonsville.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Presbyterian Church of the Atonement in Silver Spring.