Obituary of Edward Bruce Smith
Edward Bruce “E.B.” Smith, 82, passed away October 31st, 2018 at home in Lake Alfred. E.B. was born to Sterl and Elizabeth “Betty” Smith on July 15th, 1936 in Mosherville, PA. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Ruth, his son David, and his brother Richard.
E.B. is survived by his two sisters, Mabel (William) Gamble and Marie (John) Decker; his children Shelia Wood, Julia (Malek) Rohman, Audrey (Stephen) Thompson, Denise (Jeff) Henning, Elaine (Gary) Erb, Edward (Barbara) Henning, Laurie Uhl, and Pamela (Stan) Cobb, as well as 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He will be missed by Jake (especially morning milk and donuts).
E.B. was a retired truck driver. He was also employed as a courier for Polk County Health Department. He loved steam engines and turning junk into treasure. He grew roses so Ruth always had fresh flowers. They enjoyed going to the beach and the Strawberry Festival to see Charley Pride.
E.B was initiated into Winter Haven Lodge No. 186 in 1991, serving as Worshipful Master there in 1995. He served as Worshipful Master with Travelers Lodge No. 390 in Lake Alfred in 2012. Brother Smith had been a Master Mason for 27 years. E.B. was a past president of the Kentucky Colonels.
Visitation will be at 1pm, with services 2pm on Sunday, November 4th at Steele’s Family Funeral Home, 207 Burns Lane, Winter Haven. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Shepard Hospice at 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL 33823.