Published in The Washington Post on October 14, 2017
Jay Lloyd Smith
February 18, 1925 - October 9, 2017
Jay Lloyd Smith February 18, 1925 - October 9, 2017
Born on February 18, 1925 in Washington, D. C. to Ella
Mae Lloyd Smith and Jay Stanley Smith, Jay Lloyd Smith
died on October 9, 2017 in Arlington, VA. He lived to
the age of 92 years.
Beloved husband to his wife of 64 years, Sibyl Mary
Warthen Smith (deceased)
Mr. Smith is survived by his brother James Warren
Smith, and three daughters, Kathryn Lee Smith, Laura Jaye Smith, and Barbara Smith
Ficarrotta. Also surviving are one son in law, Thomas Ficarrotta, three grandchildren,
Michael Franklin, Liana Papaleo and Justin Franklin, two grand-daughters in law, and
three great grandchildren. Mr. Smith also had two nieces, and a nephew, as well as three
grand-nieces and nephews.
Jay Lloyd Smith lived the early part of his life in rural McLean, VA, working various farming
jobs after school as a child. He attended Western High School in Washington, D. C.
until he was drafted into the army in 1942. He served as both combat engineer and
demolitions expert entering the European continent via Normandy Beach. Near the end of
the European conflict he was sent to the Pacific Theater. He served a total of 41 months
and was awarded several combat medals for his service.
Following his service to his country, Jay Smith worked for 14 months for the National
Jay Lloyd Smith returned to Virginia and began work in the elevator trade in 1947,
continuing in the trade for 43 years. He began at Otis Elevator, then National Elevator,
Consolidated Elevator and then moving to Westinghouse where he later headed up the
Washington Metro subway system.
He served as Treasurer for the International Elevator Constructors Union Local #10,
Washington. D.C. Chapter for 26 years. He also held several terms as Business Agent
and was very active in union affairs.
Jay Lloyd Smith married Sibyl Mary Warthen Smith in 1949. They bought a house in
Kensington, Maryland where they lived until moving to Rockville, Maryland. Jay and Sibyl
had three daughters. He and Sibyl moved to Arlington, VA in 2012.
Mr. Smith was active in his service to other people in many capacities. He was always the
neighbor who helped out, the person others turned to when they needed something.
Mr. Smith was an avid Civil War buff and was well-read on the subject. He had a collection
of books and essays on the Civil War and could quote both statistics and the overall
events of every aspect of the Civil War. He frequently visited famous battle sites.
He also had an interest in country western music and especially enjoyed the fiddle.
Jay Lloyd Smith saw a lot in his 92 years and helped a lot of people. He will be sorely
missed by his family and friends and was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held at the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, 1724 Chain Bridge
Road, McLean, Virginia on October 19, 2017.
A memorial visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. after which a memorial service
will be held at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Flowers may be sent to the funeral home or donations may be made in memoriam of Jay
Lloyd Smith to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (www.vfw.org) or the American Bible Society