Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Mayer Smith

May 31, 1924 - April 29, 2022


Date and Time

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 11:30 AM


Hebrew Cemetery
1813 Kecoughtan Road
Hampton, Virginia 23661


Rabbi Michael Panitz

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Memorial Contributions

Hatzalah Chicago
PO Box 59816
Chicago, Illinois 60659


Mayer Smith, age 97, passed away at home on Friday, April 29, 2022. Mayer was born in and grew up in Newport News, VA., the youngest of 10. He was a long-time resident of Northern Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia, and spent his final years in Chicago, IL. Mayer was a corporal in the Army Air Corps in World War 2, operating US homing beacons in China for US bombers. He married his childhood sweetheart Ruth Greenspon of Newport News, VA, immediately after the war and a few years later moved to Arlington, VA. He began his career building desperately needed starter housing. In 1956 he pivoted to selling insurance, which he did for over 60 years, many of them as part of the Million Dollar Round Table.

Mayer was an ardent, generous Zionist and was very active in the Northern Virginia Jewish Community. He was a volunteer cantor at Arfax in Arlington, Olam Tikvah Congregation in Fairfax, and the Chabad and Etz Chaim synagogues in Atlanta. Mayer was married 66 years to Ruth until she passed in 2013. They had 3 children, Carol(Z"L), Steve, and Jonathan. They had 8 grandchildren, Jason (Z'L), Rachel, Jacob, Victor, Noah, David, Lily, and Shira. He was very excited about his 5 great-grandchildren Maria, Luciana Ruth, Colby, Ryan, and Isabelle. Mayer was also involved in founding the organ donor program in the 1960s before it was on driver's licenses. Mayer was often seen wearing his 'All you gotta do is ask" button. He was known for being incredibly optimistic, outgoing, and upbeat, with a harmonica and a bad joke always at the ready. He will be missed greatly by so many people.

He will be buried next to his wife at the Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula in Hampton, VA on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 11:30am. Donations in his memory can be made to Hatzalah Chicago, PO Box 59816, Chicago, Illinois 60659, Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Mayer was a beloved member of Olam Tikvah and my grandaughters will always remember him as the candy man. He always had candy in his pocket for the children on Shabbat.

Fran and Robert Staiman
May 2, 2022
I have many fond memories of Mayer from Olam Tikvah-his warm friendly personality-his handshake -his shofar blowing. He was a kind soul
He will be missed

Alan Shachter
May 2, 2022
Mayer was a wonderful warm and loving man and I will forever remember him for his kindness to me throughout the time that I knew him at Olam Tikvah.

Pearl Raikin
May 2, 2022
As noted, Mayer always had a quick (bad) joke ready. Several years ago, I offered to compile them into a book (a Mayer version of "The Best of Jewish Jokes"). By this time, we were in the world of the politically correct and I hadn't realized that Mayer was an equal-opportunity offender. If he noticed my judicious editing and a few revisions here and there, he was nice enough to not mention it. I think it made him happy. To the best of my knowledge, there are 13 copies available.

Judy Colbert
May 2, 2022
Mayer was always kind and had a nice thought to say and always showed up for everything. Sending my condolences to the whole family. Stacy

May 3, 2022
I Miss my Sir. ... For just becoming his Companion Live-in Friend Care Giver I can Honestly say at the age of 52 My Client. Friend as he say we were had given me enough Wisdom and Insight. I will truly Miss my Sir. and to Johnathan and Nance.... I will Forever Love You All and your Family for allowing me to Care for My Meyer Sir.

Tobias Redmond
May 3, 2022
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