April 19, 1941 – November 1, 2020
Dalton Smart, 79, of Greensburg, Indiana passed away surrounded by loved ones November 1, 2020. Dalton was born in Forest City, North Carolina on April 19, 1941 to Mary and Ernest Smart. Mr. Smart was the president of his 1959 graduating class of Cool Springs High School in Forest City. After high school, he graduated from Gardner- Webb College with an Associate in Arts in 1965, Berea College in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, then proudly obtained his Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Medical College of Virginia in 1970 before its transition to Virginia Commonwealth University. His long career included positions as Administrator at Appalachian Regional Hospitals of Kentucky and West Virginia, South Charleston Community Hospital of West Virginia, Decatur County Memorial Hospital, Hoosier Health System Heritage House, and Jennings Community Hospital in Indiana. Dalton was both beloved by and devoted to his community and served as President of the Rotary Club of Greensburg, the Board of Directors of Chamber of Commerce, a Trustee of the Kentucky Hospital Association and Indiana Hospital and Healthcare Association, a Diplomat with the American College of Healthcare of Hospital Executives, and a Kentucky Colonel. He was also a member of the Greensburg United Methodist Church (GUMC) since he moved to the area in 1988. Dalton was a kind and generous man who brought joy to everyone who knew him. He happily volunteered every year to deliver Thanksgiving meals for those in need through GUMC. His humor and compassion for others will be sorely missed. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, brother Ray Smart, and sister Janice Oliver. Dalton is survived by his children: daughter Connie (Vincent) Dorsi of Bloomingdale, Georgia; daughter Christina Smart of Roswell, Georgia; son Matthew Smart of Denver, Colorado; and daughter Elizabeth (Steele) Welch of Greensburg; his sister Mary Elizabeth Henson; brother James (Jackie) Smart; and brother Bill (Ann) Smart. Dalton is also survived by his long-time companion Diana Springmier. The family would like to thank Our Hospice of South Central Indiana and beloved caregivers and friends Edi Kumwenda and Ivy Choga. Due to COVID-19, a private family Graveside Service will take place at the Cool Springs Cemetery in Forest City, North Carolina. A Memorial Service will be held when it is safe for family to safely gather. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations can be made in memorium to either the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease or to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.
- Ernest Smart, Father (deceased)
- Mary Smart, Mother (deceased)
- Connie (Vincent) Dorsi, Daughter
- Christina Smart, Daughter
- Matthew Smart, Son
- Elizabeth (Steele) Welch, Daughter
- Diana Springmier, Companion
- Mary Elizabeth Henson, Sister
- James (Jackie) Smart, Brother
- Bill (Ann) Smart, Brother
- Ray Smart, Brother (deceased)
- Janice Oliver, Sister (deceased)
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- Michael J. Fox Foundation
- Our Hospice of South Central Indiana
Private Graveside Service
November 21, 2020
My deepest sympathy and prayers to everyone on Dalton's passing. I enjoyed my weekly visits with him when I was training him at his home. He was a very wise and gentle soul and will be missed. I'm sorry for not getting to train with him longer, but I will never forget the time I did have with him. Fingers crossed that someday they will find a cure for Parkinson's Disease, it is a very cruel disease and takes too many people, like Dalton, way to soon in life.
November 8, 2020
My sympathies to Dalton's family. I knew Dalton through Decatur County Memorial Hospital where I worked while he was the administrator and through Greensburg United Methodist Church. He was a kind person and easy to talk to. I will miss him.
November 7, 2020
Connie, My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies are sent to you and your entire family.
Prayers for peace in Jesus name. ❤️
November 4, 2020
Christina - your dad sounds like a wonderful person. My thoughts are with you.
November 3, 2020
I first met Dalton many years ago, when he interviewed me for a job with Decatur County Memorial Hospital. At the time, I had very limited healthcare experience, but Dalton still took a chance on me. I worked there for over 20 years after. I learned much from Dalton, not only the finer points of healthcare, but more importantly, how Dalton interacted with people. Dalton's affable, kind, caring demeanor made him many friends. Dalton could always make me smile, whether it was from one of his many stories, or a joke he had heard. I am proud to have known Dalton as a person, and as a friend. I will miss him.
November 3, 2020
Your whole family has my deepest sympathy. I worked with Dalton as his Executive Assistant during his time as CEO at Decatur County Memorial Hospital. He was a great individual to work with and was very kind to everyone. He was always an extremely outgoing and personable person. He will be missed by all. Again, my condolences to all.
With prayers for all,
November 3, 2020
Dalton was my boss at DCMH during the times he was Administrator. He was a kind and considerate gentleman. My sincere condolences to his family.
November 2, 2020
We got to know Dalton in our visits to Diana in Greensburg and on Reunion trips and visits to Mt Vernon. He was a wonderful and caring man and we know he will be missed by family and friends. Our lives are better having known Dalton.
Shirley and Phil Gardner
November 2, 2020
My visits with Dalton were always received with such a humble and gracious spirit in Dalton. How he loved to tell me about all of you, his children; and his caring companion Diana. Blessings to all of you! Pastor Rick Bell