Everitt Burns Smith, a retired account executive and World War II veteran, died of cancer Wednesday at Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. He was 79.
Mr. Smith was born in New York City and raised in Peekskill, N.Y. He enlisted in the Army when he was 17 and studied engineering for a year.
Later trained as a diesel mechanic, he was sent in 1944 to France, where he repaired and maintained trucks for Gen. George S. Patton Jr.'s Red Ball Express, which supplied troops in France and at the Battle of the Bulge. He later joined the 106th Infantry Division, where he was trained as an encryption expert.
He enrolled in the University of Delaware, where he earned a bachelor's degree in physics in 1950. From 1951 until retiring in 1988, he was an account executive for Honeywell Corp.
Mr. Smith, a basso profundo, enjoyed singing choral music and performed with the Savoy Company of Philadelphia, which stages Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.
Mr. Smith also sang in several church choirs, including Grace United Methodist Church's from 1954 to 1970, and from 1970 to 2000 at Timonium United Methodist Church, where he was a member. He was also a soloist with Grace English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lutherville.
He also enjoyed photography, reading history and playing bridge.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. June 25 at Timonium United Methodist Church, 2300 Pot Spring Road in Timonium.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Barbara White; two daughters, Katherine W. Smith of Towson and Elizabeth A. Hrybyk of Linthicum; a brother, Albert B. Smith of Timonium; two sisters, Anne E. DuPont of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Marian Orlando, of Denver; and a granddaughter.