Ramon Lee Smouse, 90, co-owner of the Sherwood Lounge

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Ramon L. Smouse
Ramon L. Smouse

Ramon Lee Smouse, 90, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at his Atlantic Shores home on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.

He was born in Des Moines, Iowa on Dec. 4, 1925 to the late Frank Smouse and Jennye Lee (Hicks) Smouse.

Following his graduation from Bagley High School in Iowa, Ray attended Iowa State College and the Notre Dame Midshipman’s School under the Navy V-12 Program. During World War II, he served his country on the USS SC 1009 and later on the USS Mount Olympus. Recalled to active duty during the Korean War, he served as CIC officer on the USS O’Hare and operations officer on the USS Corry. In the 1960s, Ray served as commanding officer of the USS Loeser and the USS Henley Reserve Crews. In 1970, he assumed command as commodore, Reserve Destroyer Division, Fifth Naval District in Norfolk, Va. He retired at the rank of captain.

Ray was employed as a civil servant, retiring in 1986, after 20 years with the Fleet Combat Direction Systems Support Activity at Dam Neck. In addition to his career in the civil service, Ray had previously been employed as the East Coast Regional Manager for Phillips 66 Oil Co., as well as an oil distributor through Smouse Oil Co. Ray was a co-owner of the Sherwood Lounge located at 21st Street and Atlantic Avenue.

Ray was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love. He was a past member and Elder of First Presbyterian Church, Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Bradenton, Fla. and a recent member of Lynnhaven Presbyterian Church. Throughout his long life, Ray was an active church volunteer, as well as a volunteer with Kiwanis Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and the North Virginia Beach Civic League.

His wife of 42 years, Eleanor (née Blackshaw) Smouse, and his sister, Barbara (Smouse) Sutterfield, preceded him in death.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Winifred (Pitrone) Smouse, his sister, Beverly (Smouse) Nuckols, and his daughters, Janet (Arthur) Garner and Cathy (Kevin) Kilcoyne, grandchildren Amber (Wayne) Gwaltney, Christopher (Arevik) Garner, Casey Kilcoyne and Kyle Kilcoyne, and two great-grandchildren, Katherine and Daniel Gwaltney.

No less devoted to and loved by are his stepchildren, Michele Shean, Annette (Billy) Dickerson, Gina (Carter Hotchkiss) Pitrone, Eva (Barney) Howard, Maria (Gabriel) Molina, Winnie (Andy Mackey) Pitrone, Peter Pitrone, and Ted (Georgia) Pitrone, step grandchildren Erica Brown & Angelo Speach; Will Dickerson, Ben & Ellen Dickerson, Lee & Katerina Dickerson; Kerri Jean & Rob Wheeler, David, Colby Carter, Dan & Peggy Cieslikowski, Allen Hotchkiss; Gage Pitrone; Teva & Daniel Beazley, Terrin Pitrone, Dara Crutcher, Sara Crutcher, Amber Howard, Britney & Mike Coyler; Brooke, Gabriel, Michael, Ariana Molina; Malia Pitrone; and step great grandchildren Summer Speach, Maya, Truman, Charlie Dickerson; Ainsley, Bridger Dickerson; Thomas Cieslikowski; Simone, Fiona, Vivienne Beasley; Skylar Crutcher, Dylan Coyler; Cayden Coyler, Alyssa Coyler, Hutson Spatig; Jameson Rannings; Peyton, Liam, Piper Coyler and, Kassia Molina.

Friends are invited to share their favorite memories of Ray and sign the online guestbook at hdoliver.com. Should you wish to honor his life with a memorial donation, we think Ray would have chosen Meals on Wheels. Donate at Meals on Wheels America. BEAT ARMY!