Noval A. Smith of St. Petersburg

Noval A. Smith, 96, of St. Petersburg, Florida, passed away at his home Monday, December 6, 2010 from complications of surgery. Noval was born in 1914 in Wayne, West Virginia. He earned his Masters in Education from Marshall University and served in the Army Air Corps and the Civilian Conservation Corp before marrying and beginning a long and successful career in public education. He was principal of Crum and Fort Gay High Schools and also taught high school English and economic geography at Wayne High School. In 1957, he and his family moved to Pinellas County, where he taught political science at St. Petersburg Junior College (now St. Pete College) for 25 years, before retiring in 1982. Noval was a voracious reader and continued to learn throughout his life. In addition to his family, he loved nature and trains, and he and his wife traveled extensively throughout the U.S. while maintaining a summer residence in the mountains of southern Colorado. He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Palmaneda B. Smith, St. Petersburg; son, Noval A. Smith, Jr., and daughter-in-law, Sheryl Smith, of Richmond, Virginia; daughter, Elaine Gibson, of St. Petersburg, Florida; grandson James Noval Smith, and his wife, Kari, of Boston, MA; granddaughter Joy Patton and son-in-law James Patton, of Richmond, and their three children, Nicolas, Thomas and Ginger. A celebration of Noval’s life will be held in Wayne, WV at Morris Funeral Home on May 21, 2011, followed by interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Wayne. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Suncoast Hospice, 727-467-7423 or www.thehospice.org.