(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2003)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E2499]
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                             HON. TOM DAVIS

                              of virginia

                    in the house of representatives

                        Monday, December 8, 2003

  Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Wolf and I rise today to 
honor former Delegate Alston H. Smith, Jr., an outstanding citizen of 
Winchester, Virginia, who, for nearly half a century, has served his 
community and country.
  Delegate Smith's successful career began in 1954 when he cofounded 
Shenandoah Foods 2000, a major employer for the Shenandoah Valley. He 
served on the boards of both Jefferson Bankshares and First Bank, 
playing a critical role in assisting the economic development of 
western Virginia.
  Delegate Smith also faithfully served in the Virginia House of 
Delegates for over 20 years, where he was a Democratic leader and 
tireless advocate of public education. He was instrumental in the 
development of the Winchester/Frederick County area, bringing critical 
improvements to his beloved Shenandoah University.
  Delegate Smith not only dedicated himself to the Winchester/Frederick 
County area, but also worked to bring progress to the entire 
Commonwealth. For nearly a decade, he served the interests of the 
coalfields of Virginia as chairman of the House Mining and Mineral 
Resources Committee.
  Delegate Smith certainly has recognized that the surest way to make a 
difference is to begin in his local community. Additionally, he 
generously has donated much of his personal time to improving economic 
development opportunities and education for all Virginians. Delegate 
Smith loves the Valley and loves Virginia. All of Virginia extends 
their heartfelt thanks for his continuing role in improving the lives 
of our children, families, and seniors.
  Mr. Speaker, the life and service of this Virginian serves as a 
shining example to all who wish to improve education and opportunity 
through civic and community involvement. I ask my colleagues to join me 
in applauding Delegate Smith.