Jack Ransom Smith

Born: Tue., Oct. 26, 1926
Died: Tue., Aug. 24, 2010


Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Tue., Aug. 31, 2010


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Jack Ransom Smith, 83, passed away to his eternal reward on Tuesday, August 24, 2010. He was the last surviving member of his family. Jack was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on October 26, 1926 to Lonis Durham Sanders and Louis Edward Sanders.
 
Jack was raised in Palm Beach County Florida and was formally adopted by his stepfather, Ransom Earl Smith. He served in the Merchant Marine during W.W.II. Jack
moved to southern California with his family where he worked for Lockheed Aircraft
Corporation. Jack's second step-father, Max Charles Beust and his mother conducted
businesses at South Lake Tahoe and enticed Jack to manage their holdings. After the
accidental death of his brother, Louis Earl Smith, and the demise of his step-father, Jack
and his mother moved back to Spartanburg.
 
After the death of his mother, Jack wanted to visit Ithaca, New York but got lost on the
Pennsylvania Turnpike and ended up in Grantsville, Maryland. He wrote two published
novels: THE CONTAINER IS READY and THE INTERGALACTIC EXPRESS. Both
of which were inspired by his work at Lockheed. When he moved to Frostburg, he wrote
his autobiography, SMOKEY MOUNTAIN LOVE STORY and another novel based on
Max Beust's journals of the China-Burma Road, THE ODYSSEY OF THE 330TH
COMBAT ENGINEERS.
 
Upon meeting Eileen Stoger, he settled down in GarrettCounty to help run her ranch.
Jack was revered by all who met him as a "True Southern Gentleman". He helped the
neighborhood children appreciate jazz with his lessons on the drum. While visiting the
schools where Eileen taught, he read to the children, always encouraging them to do their
best and earned the title of "Candy Man" by bringing sweet reinforcements to the class.
 
Jack's cherished friend, Steve Wininger, was the son he never had. Steve's family, Ellen,
Chelsea, Matt and Maddie were such a comfort and help every day but especially during
the challenging ones. Jack looked on the children in the neighborhood as his
grandchildren: Tyler, Madison and Liam Dolchan, Ryan, Chris and Dylan McCann and
little Claire Rasley. He treasured many happy holidays, birthdays, sports events and
milestones in their lives.
 
One of Jack's recent joys was at the Naval Academy Chapel where he was Jeffrey (Eileen's son)  Winebrenner's Best Man. He added a new daughter-in-law, Joanne Tuin, and two new grandchildren, David and Alexandria. to his family. Jack is survived by the love of his life, Eileen Stoger and her family, Linda, Andrew and Daniel Winebrenner of Virginia Beach.
 
During his illness he was amazed and thrilled at the many kindnesses, cards, pictures,
visits, balloons and meals from the children at Route 40 School, his neighbors and friends
and all whose life he touched.
 
According to his wishes, Jack will be cremated. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Saint Ann's Church, Grantsville, MD with Father Ed Hendricks, celebrant. Friends are welcomed to attend. Arrangements by the Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral Home, P.A., Midland (www.eichhornmckenzie.com).
 
Memorials may be made to BeallElementary School in Frostburg, MD. A summer celebration of Jack's life will be announced when Jeffrey and his family are stateside in August.

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Ed and Donna
   Posted Tue August 31, 2010
I always enjoyed chatting with Jack on my bird box checks during the spring and summer. I will miss his latest updates on the birds around the house and yard, and talk about the bears, groundhogs, and other wildlife in the area.

After reading his orbituary, I learned a lot that I did not know about this amazing man and his most interesting life. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Patti Shephard
   Posted Wed September 18, 2013
It was so sad to hear of Jack passing. It will bring closure to his nephew Jack. Jack Ransom must of forgot about him throughout the years. We never knew where the family moved after his brother was killed. Louis & I named our son after him, since Louis was so fond of his brother. He only got to see his nephew when he was small, but we waited for him to visit but it never happened. I guess Oklahoma was out of his way. May he always rest in peace.

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