Daily Staff Report
A state legislator filed a resolution celebrating the life of the late John H. Smedley Sr., a longtime commissioner of the revenue for Warren County. Smedley died unexpectedly Aug. 24 while serving in the constitutional office.
Del. Michael Webert, R-Warrenton, whose district includes parts of Warren County and Front Royal, submitted the resolution to the House of Delegates speaker on Thursday.
The resolution states that Smedley, a lifelong resident of Front Royal, held jobs as an assessor of taxes and of real estate, an independent distributor for the Washington Post and owned and operated The Blue Ridge Market.
Smedley served as the commissioner of the revenue for 24 years, "building a reputation as a conscientious public servant and a dedicated friend to the county and his colleagues," the resolution states. Smedley lobbied in Richmond on behalf of the county and served as a past president of the West Central Commissioners of the Revenue Association and as a member of the statewide group.
Smedley remained involved with civic groups and causes, including assisting the elderly and supporting the Warren County Fair.
Smedley is survived by his wife, Doris, and their children John Jr., Christopher, Desiree, Jessica and their families.