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J. Lamar Smith

November 26, 1928 May 12, 2019
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Ewing, N.J. — J. Lamar Smith, 90, died on May 12 at home following a brief illness.
He leaves his sweetheart, Anne, after 61 years of marriage, and three daughters who were blessed to call him Dad: Susan (Roger) Walton of Arlington, Texas; Sharon (Tom) Leaming of Ewing, N.J.; and Sheila (Brendan) Noonan of Lebanon Township, N.J. Also mourning his loss are eight beloved grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins, along with many cherished friends.
Lamar was born in Elm City, North Carolina, on November 26, 1928, the son of J. Levi and Beulah Smith (who preceded him in death). Although he was an only child, he had many cousins, and as family they faced the Great Depression in rural North Carolina. He was class valedictorian at Elm City High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955 and served aboard the USS Gloucester and the USS Brown.
After his naval service, Lamar went to Poughkeepsie, New York, for computer training. There he met Anne, a nursing student, at the city’s Tabernacle Baptist Church. They married on July 7, 1957, living briefly in Asheville, North Carolina, before he accepted a position with Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. Lamar worked in ETS’s test scanning department for 32 years, and together with Anne, raised their daughters in Hopewell Township. Lamar and Anne retired to Virginia, where they spent many years volunteering in their community and as active church members, first at Longwood Avenue Baptist Church in Bedford, and then at Heritage Baptist Church in Lynchburg. They moved back to New Jersey in May 2018.
Lamar enjoyed travel, perhaps sparked by his time in the Navy. He took the family, including the dog, on many camping trips, including a three-week, cross-country trek to California in a small Winnebago. Lamar shared his love of the sea with Anne, and they went on several cruises.
Most of all, Lamar was a man of quiet but strong faith. In addition to singing in church choirs, he was a dedicated supporter of world missions. His favorite Bible chapter was Psalm 27, which begins: “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Friends and family are invited to a visitation from 10am to 11 am Friday, May 17, 2019 at Central: A Christ Centered Church, 2015 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ with memorial services following at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Word of Life in Schroon Lake, New York, or to the hospice of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Rd., Pennington, NJ 08534.
Condolences may be made at www.WilsonApple.com.


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Friday

17

May

10:00 AM 5/17/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5/17/2019 11:00:00 AM
Central Church

2015 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08618

Central Church
2015 Pennington Road Ewing 08618 NJ
United States

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Friday

17

May

11:00 AM 5/17/2019 11:00:00 AM
Central Church

2015 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08618

Central Church
2015 Pennington Road Ewing 08618 NJ
United States
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