Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Services

3195 Atlanta Highway, Athens, GA


Donald Joseph NeSmith

August 22, 1936December 10, 2019

Donald Joseph NeSmith, 83, of Athens, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

Born in Lansing, Michigan, Mr. NeSmith was a son of the late Leon NeSmith and Dorothy Greenwood NeSmith. He graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing, earning both undergraduate and graduate degrees. While at MSU, he coached intramural football and basketball. He worked at both Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia in Student Affairs and conference coordination. Mr. NeSmith was a member of the Gridiron Secret Society, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and the UGA Touchdown Club.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Vicki NeSmith of Athens; children, Steven Michael NeSmith of Yuma, Arizona and Lara Clark (Rob) of Acworth; two grandchildren, Caitlin Clark and Madison Clark.

A memorial service will be held Friday, January 3 at 3 p.m. at the Bernstein Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Buddy NeSmith officiating. Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m., prior to the service. Burial will be in Cochran, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association—Georgia Chapter, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346 or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society—Georgia Chapter, 950 East Paces Ferry Road, Suite 820, Atlanta, GA 30326.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.BernsteinFuneralHome.com


  • Alzheimer’s Association—Georgia Chapter
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society—Georgia Chapter


  • Visitation Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Memorial Service Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Graveside Service Saturday, January 4, 2020


Donald Joseph NeSmith

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Paulette Zornig

December 30, 2019

May your final travels be peaceful and the destination as you dreamed. It was so good to get to really meet you after knowing Vicki for all these years♡ thank you for your sense of humor and for being a great Bulldog Fan too!!
Love to you all.... Vicki, Lara and all of your family