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Virgil Smith
Virgil Smith was born Nov 22, 1928, at his family’s home near Ernestville in Owsley County, Kentucky. He was the 7th of 9 children born to Wilson and Halie Smith. His family later moved to Irvine where his father operated a sawmill and lumber business. He played football and basketball for Irvine High School, graduating in 1946. In July 1948 he enlisted in the US Navy. He served as an engineman aboard the USS Timbalier seaplane tender in the Caribbean and later aboard the USS Mingo submarine based in San Diego. After returning to Irvine following his August 1952 discharge from the Navy, he met Pauline Tipton. They married on May 29, 1953, and then lived in Lexington while he attended the University of Kentucky. In 1956 he was hired by IBM Office Products Division. After training at IBM in New York City, he and Pauline moved back to Lexington where he worked in manufacturing engineering for 36 years. In 1957, David Barton was born and in 1961, Alan Dwight. While his sons were growing up, Virgil served as a leader in Y-Indian Guides and as a Little League baseball coach. He retired from IBM in 1993 and began devoting much of his time to his grandchildren and his lifelong gardening avocation. He was a lifelong Christian and was a faithful member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Pauline; sons Barton (Stephanie) and Alan (Linda); four grandchildren, Brianna (Justin) Kaldenbach, Lauren (Austin) Hinners, Cullen Smith and Sydney Smith; and three great-grandchildren, Elleanne, Abel and Theodore Kaldenbach. Private Burial will be at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.