PERRY’S PRATTLE

Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM.

Sadness came to those of us who knew and loved Raymond Lloyd Smoker, who chose to make Washington County his home since 1988.

Raymond passed away Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in Dothan, Ala., at the age of 87. He reportedly experienced an accidental fall while working with horses at the Riding Trails of Dr. J. Paul Maddox in the Alabama city. His injuries proved fatal.

Raymond Smoker was born April 8, 1925, to Joshua Hanna and Hannah Beiler Smoker in Lancaster, Penn. He grew up on a farm in the Amish Community of Lancaster and lived and practiced the Amish customs, traditions and mo-res throughout his lifetime.

Upon arriving in the Orange Hill/Falling Waters area of Washington County, where he had purchased a farm with a small, single wide mobile home, he immediately set up his farming operation in the manner he had been taught all of his life.

Accompanying Smoker on his move here was a team of horses trained to provide the necessary power to allow him to operate the fleet of horse drawn farm implements, breaking plows, discs, planters, hay rakes and hay bailer, as well as other smaller equipment he had brought along from the north country.

Fellow farmers in the area, Gerald Crum and wife, Delores and daughter, Susan, who Raymond knew in his home state, preceded him to this area. Gerald and Delores are deceased.

Steve Quattlebaum, a neighbor and a City of Chipley Police Officer until his recent retirement,  befriended the newcomer who had different ideas on farming methods and a lifestyle of dress and living habits which distinguished him from others. Steve made visits with Raymond to Lancaster and on one visit, an Amish Carriage was purchased and brought to Chipley. Steve knew of Raymond’s involvement in administering an Alcoholic Treatment Program on his Pennsylvania Farm in his early life.  Even though, this modest man downplayed his role in this program, he would acknowledge that he never experienced a failure in the program.



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