ARVets Remembers Ted Smith

ARVets salutes the life and legacy of Ted Smith.

ARVets salutes the life and legacy of Ted Smith.

At ARVets, we celebrate the service of our nation’s heroes and remember the sacrifices they made to preserve freedom.

Ralph “Ted” W. Smith, a Veteran who served in the Army, died on December 19, 2014 surrounded by his family.

Recently, Ginger Ritchie and Graham Gillis, the niece and nephew of Ted Smith, made a generous contribution to ARVets in honor of their uncle. Ginger and Graham wanted their donation to support programs and services that improve the lives of Veterans and their families.

The entire ARVets team thanks Ginger and Graham for their generosity and we salute Ted Smith for answering the call to serve our great country.

Ted Smith was born in Carthage, Arkansas on April 17, 1934. He was the son of Robert and Laura Smith and the youngest of 14 children. Smith graduated from Fordyce High School and went on to serve in the Army. After his stint in the military, he attended and graduated from college.

Over the years, Smith had many jobs but his greatest work was being a family man. Ted Smith is survived by his wife, Janie, of 52 years; his children Bryon Smith, Paige Abreu, and Patrick Smith, grandchildren Logan and Megan Abreu, and great-grandchild Riley Austin. He is also survived by his sister Bertha Barker.

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