Bill Smythe passed away peacefully January 30, 2017 at Amerisist Assisted Living in Front Royal, Virginia after a long struggle with Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy (PSP). He was born May 25, 1936 in Philadelphia, PA. Bill lived a full and active life. He wore many hats beginning as a high school track and football star. At George Washington University he was ranked number seven receiver in the nation. Following college he served 7 years in the Marine Corps. During that time he sailed on the maiden voyage of the Kitty Hawk and liked to claim he had “been around the world”. While being a small businessman in Middleburg he found time to fox hunt, train horses, race cars, hunt and to fish off Hatteras Island (one of his favorite pastimes). His enthusiasm for tennis was well known and he was one of the founding members of the Middleburg Tennis Club.
Bill was predeceased by his parents Theodore F. and Mae Smythe, brother Jack Smythe (AZ), first wife Roberta Lohnes Smythe, and second wife Elaine Pierce Smythe, He is survived by his devoted wife of 17 years Ann Garrett of Amissville, VA., son Gregory Smythe and wife JoAnn of Reston, VA, daughter Ashleigh Smythe and husband Derek Berwald of Fairfield, VA, son Andrew Smythe and companion Anthea Greene of Hume, VA., and daughter Kylie McMahon Carroll of Boston. Also surviving are sisters Peggy March, Adele Stuart and Jane Brandhorst (Ted) all of Sarasota, FL, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was be held at Leeds Episcopal Church, 4332 Leeds Manor Drive, Markham, VA 26643 on February 12, 2017 at 1 PM. Burial was be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Middleburg Humane Foundation, the Salvation Army of Warrenton, VA or Heartland Hospice of Warrenton, 400 Holiday Court, Suite 101, Warrenton, VA 20185.