Myrtle H. Smartnick

Published 4:55 pm Thursday, February 20, 2020

Mrs. Myrtle Hazel Hohman Smartnick, age 79, a resident of West Jefferson, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb, 22, 2020, at Maple Grove Christian Church and will be officiated by Loren Lung, Reggie Braziel, and Joey Brickhouse. Burial will follow in the Tice Family Cemetery. The deacons and members of the church will serve as pallbearers.

Mrs. Smartnick was born on Sept. 22, 1940, in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, to the late Frederick Daniel Hohman Sr. and Anna Marie Havronek Hohman. She was a 1958 graduate of Hempfield High School. On March 12, 1960, during 10 inches of snow, she married Richard James Smartnick who survives. She worked as a peanut grader in the Martin and Bertie County area and later as a cook at the Roanoke Christian Service Camp. She was a member of Maple Grove Christian Church in Jamesville and was very active when health permitted: she was part of the ladies auxiliary, Mittie Manning Circle, Vacation Bible School and directed the youth groups.

Survivors include her husband, Richard James Smartnick; three children, Wendy Sue Smartnick Lung and husband Loren, of West Jefferson, James Scott Smartnick and wife Lisa, of Greenville, Neil Brian Smartnick and wife Donna, of Knoxville, Tennessee; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Hohman, of New Alexandria, Pennsylvania; three sisters, Mary Stickles of Jeanette, Pennsylvania, her twin Margaret Swartz and husband Jack, of Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and Clara Clark of Summerville, South Carolina.

She is preceded in death by five brothers, Frederick Hohman Jr., Daniel Hohman, Charles Hohmann, Frank Hohman, Bobby Hohman; and two sisters, Blanche Thomas and Kitty Kaylor.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour at Maple Grove Christian Church.

Condolences may be addressed to the family online by visiting

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern NC Chapter, 5171 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27612.

Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Smartnick family.