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Obituary for Richard J. "Smitty" Schmidt

Richard J. “Smitty” Schmidt, 80, died Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at Prisma Health Baptist Hospital in Columbia.

Born May 29, 1942, in Port Huron, MI, he was a son of the late Benjamin E. Schmidt and the late Viola Stanley Schmidt. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service and was a Vietnam War veteran. He was employed by Summer Arms Apartments, Holiday Manor and Sumter Place. He was a member of Westside Baptist Church, the Sumter Elks Lodge, and the VFW Post 3034.

Survivors include two children, Cheryl Schmidt of Sumter and Tony Schmidt (Billie) of Moyock, NC; three stepchildren, Richard Nelson of Sumter, Angela Timmons (Eugene) of Sumter, and Andrew Hansel of Sanford, NC; a daughter in law, Lori Ash of Sumter; six grandchildren, Amber Powers (Johnny), Steven Timmons (Alicia), Kevin Timmons, Chasity Barker, Harley Nelson, and Andrew Nelson; a great-granddaughter, Raelynn Powers; and two brothers, Edward Schmidt of Sumter and Michael Schmidt (Kay) of El Paso, TX.

He was preceded in death by a son, Paul Schmidt; a grandson, Christian Schmidt; wives, Chong Cha “Lee” Schmidt, Glenna Schmidt, and Irene Schmidt; and three brothers, Robert Schmidt, Jeffrey Schmidt, and Gary Schmidt.

A memorial service will be held at 5:30 P.M. Tuesday at Westside Baptist Church with the Rev. Allen Jones officiating. Burial will be in the St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.