Fred Smith, 97

Fred Allen Smith, of Mesa, Ariz. and formerly of Miami, Ariz., passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday afternoon, May 29, 2020. He was 97 years old and suffered the last eight years from dementia. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Martha Lentz Smith; parents George Carr and Rosa Johnson Smith; siblings Hoyle, Mildred Pharr, Gray, Dorothy Lentz and Jerry Smith.

Fred was born on March 5, 1923 at the family farm in Cool Springs, North Carolina. He was the third of six children and the last surviving sibling. He entered the Army in May of 1944 and was sent to serve in Belgium. It was there that he was captured by the Nazi forces and was a prisoner of war for eight months, until the Allied victory. He returned to the family farm, married, and resided in Statesville until he and Martha left for Arizona in 1953. He worked at various jobs in Miami until securing employment with Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company where he worked for 27 years.

Fred leaves behind a family who loved him very much. He is survived by his only son, Gary and his wife, Brenda who have cared for him in their home since 2013. Granddaughters Tara, (husband Aaron) and Taylor. He was blessed with four great grandchildren: Bailey, Hudson, Colten and Addison, who will miss him greatly. He is also survived by nieces Judy, Sandy, Joyce and Adrianne and one nephew, Lawrence, Jr.

Fred had many friends and great experiences at the Oakwood Creative Care center for senior dementia patients during his time in Mesa. If you wish to remember him, the family graciously thanks you for any donations made in Fred’s memory at


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