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50 North Pinch Road
Elkview, WV 25071
Phone: (304) 965-3331
Fax: 304-965-5238
Barbara Smith

Barbara Jean Smith (Witt)

Wednesday, February 21st, 1940 - Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019
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Barbara Jean Witt Smith, 78, of Elkview went home to be her Lord and Savior,
Wednesday, January 2, 2019, after a short battle due to an unexpected health event at
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Eugene R. and Anna E. Blake Witt.
Barbara was born in Gatewood, WV and raised in Smoot, WV. She was a Registered
Nurse after she graduated at the top of her class from both Smoot High School and Charleston
General School of Nursing.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend with
big, sparkling blue-eyes, Barbara added beauty to the lives of those who knew her. Many
things come to mind when remembering and celebrating Barbara’s life, including her silliness
that was always there just waiting to make everyone laugh. She loved gardening and took great
pride in the plants and flowers that always accented her home and yard. Barbara also shared
her many talents with family and friends, including her creative sewing and needlework,
decorative cakes, and heart-felt poetry. Barbara’s great love for her cats and all creatures will
be remembered by those who knew her best, from the hummingbirds she fed every year to the
countless stray or hurt animals that found their way to her door.

Barbara’s true passion was music. She taught herself to play the piano at a young age
by drawing the piano keys on a slate chalk board and later became an accomplished musician.
She volunteered her musical talents by playing and singing for many church services,
programs, weddings, and funerals. She also served as the director for various children and
adult choirs throughout the years. Heaven surely gained a very special angel who will watch
over her family and is now singing and praising her Heavenly Father in the most glorious choir.
Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, James C. (Jim) Smith; children:
Jamie, Maria (Elio), George (Trina), Anita (John); grandchildren: DJ (Bethany), Breana (Jay),
Arianna, Alberto, Riccardo, Lorenzo, Claire, Elle, Grace, Ava; great-grandchildren: Reagan,
Theo, and Martin; and sister, Louise. She is also survived by a nephew and several nieces.
The family would like to thank nurse Brittany Tucker at the Cleveland Clinic. She was a
true angel that was a blessing not only to Barbara, but to all of us that had the privilege of
coming in contact with her.

Service will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Elkview Baptist Church with
Pastor Charles Bias, Pastor Lee Swor and Pastor David Keeney officiating. A private family
graveside service will be held following the funeral service.

Visitation will be 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, January 7, 2019 at Elkview Baptist Church,
1150 Main Street, Elkview.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Elkview Baptist Church, 1150 Main Street,
Elkview, WV 25071 or to Kanawha Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier Street,
Charleston, WV 25311.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road, Elkview
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 7th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, January 7th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Elkview Baptist Church
    910 Main Street
    ELKVIEW, WV 25071
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 11:00am
    Elkview Baptist Church
    910 Main Street
    ELKVIEW, WV 25071
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Charles Bias
    Pastor Lee Swor
    Pastor David Keeney


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Jerry & Sue Cavender

Posted at 07:14pm
Jim and Family, We were so sad to hear of the passing of Barbara. Our thoughts are with you and the entire family. We pray you feel God's comfort and peace as you remember the life of such a loving, remarkable, and kind lady. Jerry & Sue


Posted at 05:03pm
Very sorry to learn about the loss of Barb. It was a pleasure to take care of her and I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Vinnie

Karyn Carlson

Posted at 05:59pm
To the Smith and Garvalia family - you are all in our hearts and prayers during this difficult. Barbara was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and friend. We will always hold our memories of her and our times together deep in our hearts forever. Barbara will live on in peace as an angel above. In love and friendship, Tommy, Karyn and Kaitlyn Carlson

Kay Tuell

Posted at 03:56am
Jim and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Barbara had a beautiful smile and always spoke when I'd see her out somewhere even though I'm not sure she really knew who I was. Her musical talent at church will be missed and I'm saddened that I didn't get to know her better.

Greg & Marty Moore

Posted at 08:15pm
Please accept our sincerest condolences for your loss. Words seem so inadequate at times like this, but please know you have been in our thoughts and prayers.

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