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Peacock, Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service

1411 North Howe Street, Southport, NC

OBITUARY

Donald Everett Smith

June 25, 1947November 17, 2019
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Donald Everett “Don” Smith, 72 of Oak Island, NC died November 17, 2019 at Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport, NC after a courageous battle with cancer. Don was born June 25, 1947 in Cooperstown, New York, son of the late Robert Frank Smith and Guyva Bradish Smith. His childhood was spent on their family farm in Franklin, New York. Don graduated from Franklin Central School in 1965 and immediately enlisted in the U. S. Air Force. During his enlistment, he volunteered to go to Vietnam and was stationed at Da Nang. He married Judith Alexander on August 30, 1969. They built a home in Franklin, New York and together they raised a family. Don attended Delhi Technical College, Delhi, NY and graduated with a degree in drafting. He was an architectural drafter for many years at Una-Lam, Unadilla, New York. Upon moving to Black Creek, North Carolina in 1997, he started the Donald E. Smith Drafting Services and was self-employed until he retired in 2017.

As his children were growing up Don was a Cub Scout leader, Little League coach and Chairman of the Franklin Recreation Committee. His love of history prompted him to serve as President of the Historical Society. Throughout the years he has been a member of many church handbell choirs and singing choirs. Since moving to Oak Island, NC in 2014, he has been a member of the Ocean View United Methodist Church, the VFW, American Legion, Elk's Club, the Veteran's Outreach Committee at his church and the Warrior Ride.

Don loved history, genealogy, surf fishing, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, bike riding, working on jigsaw puzzles and collecting pins and coins. He will be remembered by many for hosting his friends and family at his annual Beer Fest! If you asked him where he wanted to be, his answer would be visiting his children and his grandchildren or on a cruise! He knew facts and history. The family will tell you, if you spent time with Don Smith you were learning history and interesting facts. Don was a very happy, positive, social, kindhearted man. He always had a smile, a kind word and would help anyone who needed his help. He was a loving, caring husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He touched many lives with his kindness. His faith and belief in God were very strong and it showed in his character.

His wife of 50 years, Judy; two sons Andy Smith (Shelby) of Columbus, Ohio; Josh Smith (Fernanda) of Myrtle Beach, SC; and a daughter Diane (Jason) Jordan of Franklin, NY survive him. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Malorie Jordan, Amber Jordan, Austin Smith, Camden Smith, Isaac Jordan and Bodie Jordan; a brother Jim (Nancy) Smith of Cleveland, NY; a nephew, Jim Smith, Jr., nieces Betsy Adragna, Samantha Alexander, Jessi Casey and Dana Morgan, and his Foreign Exchange Student "daughter", Kelly Cleaveland.

A Celebration of the Life of Don Smith will be held at the Ocean View United Methodist Church, 8400 East Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC on Friday, November 29th at 11:00 a.m.

Any memorial contributions in Don's name may be made to the Hope Lodge in Greenville, NC where Don and Judy stayed for seven weeks during his radiation and chemo treatments. The Hope Lodge wrapped them in a blanket of love and consoled them throughout the treatments. Their address is McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge, 930 Wellness Drive A, Greenville, North Carolina 27834, attn: Katrina Combs.

Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, NC.

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  • Celebration of Life Friday, November 29, 2019

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Edward Drzewiecki

November 25, 2019

Judy, wising you and your family peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Don, was a special person who donated so much of his time and energy helping other people.
I have seen this first hand while working with him on the Veterans Committee at the Oak Island Elks Lodge. There was no one on our committee who could say no when he asked them to volunteer. He was a born leader who made people want to do things for him because we all knew he was sincere in what he was asking us to do.
Although much of his illness was due to his service to his country, he continued to serve and help his fellow veterans.
Don had a real love of God, Country and Family.
He will be missed at our table where we sit after our meetings and talk of the past, yes Don will be in our conversation.
Judy, thank you for sharing Don with us. God Bless You!!

Ed Drzewiecki
OKI Elks Veterans Committee

Daryl Brower

November 24, 2019

To Judy, Andy, Josh, Diane and family.
So sorry for your loss.
He was a great man.
Thinking of you all.

Karen Oij

November 22, 2019

My boys and I met the Smith family when fate plopped us down right across the street from them in Plant City. I knew we were destined to become good friends after that 3rd or 4th glass of wine; and too much laughter to even count. Don and Judy became my cornerstone in what was a very uncertain time of my life. When I was terribly insecure they reassured me with tales of raising Andy, Josh and Diane and suddenly I didn't feel like I had no clue what I was doing...I don't know if I ever said so before, but even if I did, I could never say so enough....you gave encouragement, a shoulder to cry on, countless hours of laughter, adventure and a lifetime of friendship. So much so that I could never ever repay. I was blessed when we became friends. Don was such a wonderful example to my boys of what it meant to be a man of strength and at the same time great kindness and a humble spirit. He loved his family in everything he did and it showed. Thank You Don for being a treasured friend, thank you for teaching me more history than I ever learned in school, thank you for bringing Franklin to life and making history fun again. Thank you for enlightened conversation and making me see a view point I perhaps had not even considered....but most of all Thank you for making that decision with Judy to move to Florida so long ago...
Because you all were in it our lives became all the more rich. We will love you always. Never ever forgotten...a cherished friend.

Karen and the Oij boys

Tom Panzella

November 22, 2019

Christmas carolling in Franklin (very cold and very snowy). Skipping down Main St at Magic Kingdom in WDW in 1984. The "big blue bus"ride to Maine with the scouts. Devil Dogs and Beer. Who put the egg on John's seat on the trip to Maine? All of the great times at all of the Beer Fests in NC. God parent to Patch. Best friend- always calm, always smiling, always caring and helping. RIP my Best Friend! Prayers, love, and hugs to the family.

Joan Slowik

November 22, 2019

We are so blessed to have Don and Judy as our neighbors! Don was always so loving when ever we ran into him. One couldn’t help but love him right back. We have wonderful memories of their October beer fest and his homemade gumbo! But most of all we will miss his loving personality. Rest In Peace Don.
Joan & Mike Slowik

Ann Jordan

November 22, 2019

Sending love ❤️ and condolences to the whole family. We know what an amazing man he was to you all. The entire family is in our thoughts and prayers!

Elton Franks

November 21, 2019

Thank you for all the good times, I really enjoyed being your friend, Love the back row in choir, playing bells, sitting at the P.L. Woodard house. And especially the Beer Fest. Rest in Peace my friend. You will be truly missed. Keeping Judy and your family in my prayers.

Linda Pinney

November 21, 2019

Judy and Family,

There are no words that we can say that will ease the loss of your loved one. You both have been good friends throughout the years and we carry in our hearts very fond memories of times we shared from our growing up in school and all these many years since then.

Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers and will forever be in our hearts.

Jim and Linda Pinney

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