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Owen "Wimp" Winfrey Smith

May 4, 2019

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Owen Winfrey Smith, “Wimp,” 86, of Lynchburg, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

He was born May 12, 1932 in Lynchburg to Annie Louise Smith and Hubert Frederick Smith. He was the devoted husband to the late Carolyn Dunn Smith for 59 years.

He is survived by his three sons: Mark and his wife Robin, David, and Paul and his wife Linda. Grandchildren include Dana, Matthew, Zachary, Rachael and Katie all of whom affectionately call him, “Papa.” He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Eldridge Dunn, Jr.

Wimp attended Lynchburg College and served in the United States Navy from 1950 to 1954. He served as a deacon at West Lynchburg Baptist Church, was a Little League baseball coach, and a volunteer at Virginia Baptist Hospital. He said he matured in the Navy. “I learned to stand on my feet and fight for my rights.” Wimp was a member of the Lynchburg Traffic Club and retired from Griffin Pipe after 38 years. Wimp enjoyed traveling the world with Carolyn, painting, watching sports, especially the Redskins, Cardinals, Hoos and Hokies. He also enjoyed fishing and family time. He always said the best word to describe his life is “family.” “I can’t see how anyone could go thru life being by themselves and not enjoy all the pleasures a family can give you. My family has and will be my pride and joy forever.”

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg.

A Celebration of Owen’s life will be held 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Tharp Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Robert Putt officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for memorial contributions be sent to West Lynchburg Baptist Church, 3031 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences please visit

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