A.C. Smalley passed away in Manteca on September 19, 2018, at the age of 91. A.C. was born in Tioga, Texas to Ace Clinton (Clint) Smalley and Alice Ray Smalley.
His multifaceted career included being a 16 year old student school bus driver, part owner and operator of a full service gas station, honorable military service with the 77th Infinity Division, 62nd Signal Battalion during World War II occupation of Japan where at the age of 19, he earned the rank of Sergeant. He was later recalled by the U.S. Army in 1950 to serve during the Korean Conflict. His thirty six and a half years with the U.S. Government placed him in several civilian management positions. After his retirement from Sharpe Army Depot as a retail supply officer, Division Chief and Director of Retail Army Stock Fund, he worked in auto sales and management for local car dealers.
A.C. was a former member of the VFW (Arkansas) and Sharpe Army Depot American Legion Posts. His other memberships included Heritage Group, NARFE and National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He enjoyed being with and helping family and friends.
His service record was entered into the World War II Memorial Registry of Remembrance in Washington, D.C.
In addition to his parents, A.C. was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Lois Smalley (Gaddis), sister Francis Louise Goode and brother Ace Oliver Smalley, Manteca, CA.
He is survived by his daughter Neva Ann Ramos, son Galen C. Smalley and wife Mary Dee Smalley; sisters Thelma Ruth Richmond of Arkansas and Wilma Ray Doucette and husband Jerry, as well as four grandchildren, Shirley Leon (Frank), Chris Ross (Tonya), Tracy Titsworth (Larry) and Steven Smalley (Tonya) and eight great grandchildren and eight great- great grandchildren.
P.L. Fry & Son is honored to be serving the Smalley family. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at P.L. Fry & Son Chapel, 290 N. Union Rd., Manteca. Services will be on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 11:00 a.m., also held at P.L. Fry & Son Chapel. He will be laid to rest with his beloved wife at Park View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent American Legion, 220 E. Yosemite Ave., Manteca, CA. An online obituary is available for condolences to the family at www.plfryandson.com
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, September 22, 2018