Willis “Ray” Smith (known as Ray Smith)was born on May 23, 1895 in Madison County, near Pendleton, Indiana. His parents were George Albert and Esta (Valentine) Smith. He was a farmer in the area all his life. He was a trustee for the Green Township for 16 years. He was on the Green township Advisor board for 12 years and during WWII sat on the selective Service board. He attended Pendleton Christian Church. He died on August 27, 1865 and was buried in Grove Lawn Cemetery in Madison County, Indiana.
He married Gertrude E. McCashland on February 27, 1918. They had three children, Willis R, Bernard and Hugh Smith.
George Smith was the son of Branson and Emily (Kinnamon) Smith. Branson was the son of James and Susannah (Overly) Smith.