Earl was born December 16, 1935, son of the late Wesley Alvin Smith and Florence Virginia Palmer Smith.
He served proudly in the United States Marine Corps as a jet mechanic. He retired from Norfolk Southern Railway.
He was preceded in death by wives, Lillie H. Smith and Janet L. Smith; a son, John M. Smith; sisters, Frances Reedy, Joyce Keller, Evelyn Dimon and Helen Miller; brothers, Howard Smith, Albert Smith and Roy Palmer.
He is survived by his children, JoAnn and John Seal, Frankie Smith and Linda Shank, Chris Smith, Melissa and Gary Miller, Carlan and Nancy Brooks and Tim and Donna Brooks; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation, Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, Virginia 22172 or to the DAV- Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinatti, Ohio 45250-0301.