Eugene Willard Smith

October 31, 1944February 13, 2021

Eugene Willard Smith, 76, passed away Saturday, February 13th, at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. He was born in Hempstead, NY, on October 31, 1944 to George and Frieda Smith. He grew up in Rockville Centre and attended East Tennessee State University where he became a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. After receiving his BS in Education from ETSU, he went on to earn his Masters in Education from the University of Virginia.

An educator for over 30 years, Eugene was a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and school board administrator for Henry County Public Schools. He enjoyed travelling, spending time with his grandchildren, and watching sports, especially the Virginia Cavaliers. He was an active member of the Martinsville Exchange Club and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Janice; his daughter, Amy Arranga and her husband, Brian, of Forest, VA; his three grandchildren, Arden, Max, and Finn; his brother, George Smith and his wife Carleen, of Marietta, GA; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service at Henry Memorial Park on Wednesday, February 17th, at 11 AM and will follow all COVID precautionary guidelines. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1527 East Church Street Ext., Martinsville, Virginia 24112.

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Collins Funeral Home at Bassett, Virginia is respectfully serving the Smith Family.


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Linda Dorr

February 18, 2021

So very sorry to hear of the passing of Eugene Smith. May his wife and daughter and family find comfort and peace during this time. Eugene was a humble person and an exemplary educator who cared deeply for his students, teachers, and staff. Eugene's quiet nature will be missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
I will miss seeing him and his wife walking the track at the Y.

David Kirk

February 16, 2021

Eugene will be sorely missed as I can’t remember him ever being negative about anyone - he was always pro-education and worked hard to help Henry County students reach their maximum potential! To know Eugene was to love and respect his insight and intelligence. Love and prayers for him and his family!

Sheryl James

February 16, 2021

Lynda Adkins and I went to Northern Virginia to a conference. Eugene was our assistant principal at the time. It turned out that our hotel was in an unsavory area of town. He teased us about this little adventure many times.
He was always approachable and kind. His smile and warm heartedness often brighten a day. He was one of my favorite administrators. He will be greatly missed.

Mary Lou Yeatts

February 16, 2021

Loved working with Eugene at HCPS. He was the kindest gentleman with the driest sense of humor. Always laughing and making everyone feel good. He will be missed and my love and prayers go to Janice, Amy and his grandchildren. May God bless you in this difficult time. ❤️🙏🏼❤️

Gloria Kirk

February 16, 2021

Mr. Smith was my Assistant Principle and my Mom was his secretary when he was a Principal. I loved Mr. Smith. He was so personable and caring. I would see him at the YMCA walking with his wife every time I went. Even though I know he had a lot of health problems he was always concerned about other people and how they were doing. He even went to visit my Mom when she was in the Nursing Home. He will truly be missed. Rest In Peace Mr. Smith. ❤️