Arthur L. Smith
Grace C. Bleamer
James Richard Smith


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1. Ethel Leighton Beecher

James Richard Smith 1 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 21 Nov 1919, Allentown, Lehigh, PA 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Ethel Leighton Beecher on 6 May 1942 in Jeffersonville, Twiggs, GA, USA 1
  • Died: 2 Jul 2005, Allentown, Lehigh, PA at age 85 4 5

   FamilySearch ID: LTZR-1Q4.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Newspaper: Morning Call: photo of Corporal and Mrs. James R. Smith, 16 Jun 1942, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 1 (photos) CORPORAL AND MRS. JAMES R. SMITH who were united in marriage May 6 in Jeffersonville, Ga. Mrs. Smith is the former Ethel L. Beecher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Beecher, 108 N. 9th St., Allentown. She was employed by the F. W. Woolworth Co. before her marriage. Her husband, who is stationed at Camp Wheeler, Ga., is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Smith, 834 Chestnut St. Attending the couple were Technician Sergeant David A. Peterson, Sergeant Albert Baker.

2. Newspaper: Morning Call: James R. Smith birthday, 21 Nov 1943, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 3 Lieutenant James R. Smith, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Arthur L. Smith, 834 Chestnut St., is today observing his 24th birthday anniversary at Camp Kohler, Calif. Lieutenant Smith received his basic training at Camp Wheeler, Oka., and was graduated from the Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning. Ga. He is married to the former Ethel Beecher of Allentown. She is residing with him.

3. Residence: Camp Kohler on 21 Nov 1943 in Sacramento, Sacramento, CA. 3

4. Census in 1950 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 6 The 1950 census recorded at 108 N. Ninth Street: Earl J. Beecher, operator/manager of bicycle sales & repair shop, 58, was living with daughers Esther L. Beecher, partner in bicycle shop, 33, and Ethel L. Smith, 33, and her husband James R. Smith, letter carrier for U.S. post office, 31. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

5. Newspaper: Morning Call: Divorce: James R. Smith, 1851 S. 3rd St., Allentown, from Ethel L. Smith, 1851 S. 3rd St., Allentown., 12 Apr 1967, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 7

6. Obituary: Morning Call: obituary of James R. Smith on 4 Jul 2005 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 5 James R. Smith, 85, of Greenbriar Village, Bath, formerly of Whitco Mobile Home Park, Allentown, died July 2, 2005 in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, 17th and Chew streets, Allentown. He was the husband of Lorraine L. (Snyder) Smith. They were married for 38 years in April. He was a repairman for General Electric, Allentown, from 1969 until retiring in 1982. Prior to that, he was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, from 1947-63. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Arthur L. and Grace C. (Bleamer) Smith. He was a second lieutenant in the Army during World War II. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, Allentown. He was a member of American Legion Post 215, Catasauqua and V.F.W. Post 2124, Allentown. He was a member of the One More Ache, Senior Citizens Bowling League and the Friday Night Mix League, both at Mountainville Bowling Alley. Survivors: Wife; daughters, Jewell, wife of Clark Evans, Kathy, wife of Harvey Clymer, both of Allentown, and Candace Potak of Northampton; sons, John Sunny and his wife, Joan and Richard Sunny and his wife, Diane, both of Allentown; brother, Robert Smith of Allentown; sister, Ruth Rutter of Dunedin, Fla.; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday in the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton streets, Allentown. Calling hours will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Contributions: May be made in his memory to Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2166 S. 12th St., Allentown 18103.

James married Ethel Leighton Beecher, daughter of John Earl Beecher and Olive Ethel Leighton, on 6 May 1942 in Jeffersonville, Twiggs, GA, USA.1 The marriage ended in divorce in Apr 1967. (Ethel Leighton Beecher was born on 28 Jun 1915 in Pottstown, Montgomery, PA,8 9 10 11 died on 19 Jun 1984 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA 9 10 and was buried in Northampton: Allen Union Cemetery, Northampton, PA, USA 10.)


1 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 16 Jun 1942, page 16. Marriage of Ethel Beecher and James Smith with photos.

2 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 4 Jan 1949, page 2. Obituary of Mrs. J. Earl Beecher.

3 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 21 Nov 1943, page 7.

4, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), SSN 161181335, James Richard Smith, b. 21 Nov 1919 d. 2 Jul 2005, father Arthur L. Smith, mother Grace C. Bleamer.

5 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 4 Jul 2005, page 18. Obituary of James R. Smith.

6 "1950 United States Census," Earl J Beecher Allentown PA.

7 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 12 Apr 1967, page 44.

8 1920 United States Census, Ethel L Beecher in household of Earl J Beecher, Pottstown Ward 5, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 4A, family 81, NARA microfilm publication T625.

9 U.S. Social Security Death Index, Ethel Mehlman, Jun 1984.

10 Find A Grave,

11 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 21 Jun 1984, page 44. Obituary of Mrs. Ethel Mehlman.

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