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SMITH, Lathrop P., Jr.
SMITH - Lathrop P., Jr. July 24, 1920-February 22, 2020 Lathrop (Bud) Smith, Jr. (99), passed away peacefully, Saturday, February 22, 2020 in Greensboro, NC. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Elizabeth (Beth) Bender Smith (96); children Leslie S. Dent (Jonathan, deceased); Lathrop (Lath) P. Smith, III (Vicky) and son Lathrop P. Smith, IV; and Scott M. Smith (Kathy) and daughters Lindsey M. White (Ryan), and Rachel E. (Elle) Smith. He was predeceased by his sister, Betty Smith Hepp. Born in Buffalo, he served as a radar/sonar officer on the U.S.S. Black in the Pacific during World War II. Returning to Buffalo after the war, he was a salesman and very active with the Boy Scouts, serving many years as the Scoutmaster of Troop 38. In 1964 he moved his family to Reidsville, NC. He was a very active member of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, where he served as lay reader, Chalice Bearer and Eucharistic Lay Minister. He lived an exemplary Christian life, was a born-again believer and epitomized the Greatest Generation. He will be much missed by his family and all who knew him.