Howard M. 'Smitty' Smith, transporter

Howard M. "Smitty" Smith, who had owned and operated a Baltimore County horse transportation business, died July 31 of heart failure at Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, Fla. He was 83.

The son of Howard Smith, a factory worker, and Katherine Smith, a homemaker, Howard Milton Smith was born in Baltimore and raised in a mill house on Ash Street in Hampden.

He attended city public and vocational schools and went to work in 1950 as a mover for Hampden Moving and Storage Co. on Falls Road. At night, he had a second job delivering oil for the Herman H. Fisher Esso Oil Co.

After the moving company was sold, he worked as a truck driver for W.E. Harr Inc. in Cockeysville, transporting horses, until the early 1970s, when he established Smitty's Horse Transportation.

In the early 1970s, he and his wife, the former Dottie Griner, whom he married in 1950, moved from Randallstown to Ocean City.

After moving to Deerfield Beach, Fla., in 1978, he founded a packing business that was associated with Mayflower Moving & Storage Co., until health problems forced him to move in 1998 to Haines City, Fla.

For the past 16 years, he worked as a greeter for Publix Supermarkets, where he also helped people take groceries to their cars.

Mr. Smith was a fan of classic Hollywood Westerns and enjoyed listening to gospel music.

"Even though he had been away from Baltimore for a long time, he was still proud to tell people he was from Hampden," said his son, Bruce A. Smith of Westminster.

No services are planned.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by a grandson.

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