Harolde Junior Smeltzer
Published 4:09 pm Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Harolde Junior Smeltzer, 96, of Elizabethton, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2022, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital. Formerly of Indiana, Pa., Harolde was born December 21, 1925 in White Township, Pa., to the late George Dennis Smeltzer and Maude Snyder Smeltzer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Bertha E. Smeltzer, and a son-in-law, Michael Chicka.
Harolde was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII from 1944 – 1945. His profession was a sales representative for various companies until his retirement at 75 years of age. Harolde was a former member and usher of St. Bernard’s Church in Indiana, Pa., until moving to Tennessee in 2011. He has since been a faithful member of St. Mary’s Church in Johnson City, Tenn.
Harolde loved all sports but was an avid Steelers, Penguins and Pirates fan. His favorite hobbies were stamp and coin collecting and he also enjoyed challenging anyone to a game of cards or dominos.
Those left to cherish his memory include six children, Delores Chicka of Punxsutawney, Pa., David Smeltzer (Jane) of Leesburg, Va., Denise Harris (Henry) of Greenville, S.C., Richard Smeltzer (Nancy) of Elkview, W.Va., Deborah Fairman (Roger) of Elizabethton, Tenn., and Donald Smeltzer of Punxsutawney, Pa.; eight grandchildren, Michael Smeltzer (Janet), Troy, Ill., Samantha Smeltzer Sugino (Yoshi), Sterling, Va., Katherine Grundy (Matt), Sterling, Va., Andrew Papier (Shannon), Piedmont, S.C., Rebecca Garcia (Clayton), Greer, S.C., Sarah Huffman (Michael), Elkview, W.Va., Lynn Smeltzer (Rachael), Parkersburg, W.Va., James Fairman (Ashley), Colorado Springs, Colo., and Brandy Coates, Elizabethton, Tenn.; 14 great-grandchildren, Annabelle, Evan, Carly, Rilan, Anthony, Marisa, Ava, Abigail, Riley, Millie, Tyler, Eliza, Octavian and Jordyn; one great-grandchild, Avrum; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A service to honor the life of Harolde Smeltzer will be conducted at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Johnson City, Tenn., on Friday, July 1, at 12 p.m. The family will receive friends at the church, prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be shared and viewed with the family on our website at www.hathawaypercy.com.
Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services are honored to serve the Smeltzer family.