David Nelson Smith

July 17, 1940August 11, 2018
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David Nelson Smith, age 78, of Conover, NC, passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at his residence. Born July 17, 1940 in Gaston County, NC, he was the son of the late David Lee Smith and Amanda Maude Sellers Smith.

David was an active member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover, NC, where he had served as President of the Congregation, President of the Lutheran Laymen’s League, on the Board of Mission and Ministry, and also as an usher and greeter. He was a graduate of Tryon School in Bessemer City, NC, and received both his bachelors and masters degree in education from Appalachian State University. In 2012 he was inducted into the Black & Gold Society at Appalachian State University. David retired from Catawba Valley Community College where he had worked for over 37 years as a professor of business education and information systems. David was a former volunteer and board member of ECCCM and served as the membership chairman for Camp Linn Haven Boosters Club. He was a member of Rock Barn Golf & Spa for over 40 years. From 1982-1997 he was part owner and member of the board of directors and served as secretary for the corporation. David was an avid golfer and enjoyed Newton-Conover High School football and Appalachian State Mountaineer football. He also enjoyed playing bridge with the Senior Bridge Group at the Conover YMCA.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by a brother, Glenn Derriel Smith.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 53 years, Sandra “Sandy” Yount Smith; daughters, Shelley S. Seales and husband, Bryson, of Mooresville, NC; and Ashley S. Lindsay and husband, Keith, of Raleigh, NC; granddaughter, Faith Seales; sister, Patsy S. Rountree and husband, Joe, of Grover, NC; sister-in-law, Joan Smith of Kings Mtn, NC; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, all who will miss his sweet gesture of handing out $2 bills.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 17, 2018, at Concordia Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul Nelson and Vicar Alex Sloter officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 9:30 to 10:45 AM on Friday and also following the service. Pallbearers will be: David Pingel, Herman “Smitty” Bolick, John Hemmings, Jimmy Spencer, Doug Brady, and Steve Bost. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Lutheran Laymen’s League.

Condolences may be sent to the Smith family at

The family would like to express their thanks to David’s caregivers, Wanda, Yolanda, Kat, and Tangi; Catawba Regional Hospice’s staff, Crystal, Rachel, and Tonya; and their Pallative Care nurse, Jacqulyn.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: David N. Smith Scholarship, CVCC Foundation, Inc., 2550 Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, NC, 28602, or to Camp Linn Haven, PO Box 1096, Conover, NC, 28613, or to Concordia Lutheran Church, 216 5th Ave. SE, Conover, NC, 28613.

The Smith family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


  • David Lee Smith, Father
  • Amanda Maude Sellers Smith, Mother
  • Sandra Yount Smith, Wife
  • Shelley S. Seales and husband, Bryson, Daughter
  • Ashley S. Lindsay and husband, Keith, Daughter
  • Faith Seales, Granddaughter
  • Glenn Derriel Smith, Brother
  • Patsy S. Rountree and husband, Joe, Sister
  • Joan Smith, Sister-in-law
  • Mr. Smith also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews to cherish his memory.

  • David Pingel
  • Herman "Smitty" Bolick
  • John Hemmings
  • Jimmy Spencer
  • Doug Brady
  • Steve Bost


  • Receiving of Friends Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 17, 2018

David Nelson Smith

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August 17, 2018

Sandy I was sorry to hear the passing of David. I always respected him as a teacher and friend. He will be missed by all in church and community. He is with the Lord, Mother always thought so much of you and David. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Lord is with you.

Gary and Shirley Simmons

Jessica Martz

August 14, 2018

What a beautiful family and generous, smart, loving, daughters that David and Sandy Smith created and shaped. My love, prayers, and thoughts are with you all. RIP David Smith

Connie & Jim Lingle

August 14, 2018

Sandy, Shelly, Ashley and Family - Jim and I are saddened to hear of David's passing. He will always be remembered as the smiling, jovial instructor and friend. He was one of the instructors at CVCC who really cared for their students and it showed. He showed his caring in the example he set for others; by the way he served our community and most of all by his love of Christ. While we are saddened to lose David; heaven is celebrating as he enters and begins his new life - still smiling and tell stories of adventures. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family and support you during these difficult days. Our thoughts and prayers are will you and yours.

Chrys Browne

August 14, 2018

While I did not have the pleasure of meeting David, Ashley has been a cherished colleague and friend through many years. A person as fine as Ashley has clearly come from exceptional parents. My prayers are with your family at this time. Chrys Browne