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Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home & Rosewood Memorial Park

601 North Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA

OBITUARY

Cleve Gayle Smith

October 9, 1938November 5, 2019
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Marthea Cleve Gayle Smith (age 81) passed with peace and grace to go home to Jesus on November 5, 2019. She was predeceased by her parents Clyde Gibson and Emear Creekmore Gayle and half-brother Clyde. Cleve was born in Norfolk and raised in Virginia Beach, graduated from Virginia Beach High School and attended Elon College. She worked for Dermatology, Inc. for over 40 years, attending to patients and making lifetime dear friends.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons: Brandon C. Smith (Bertha Dodel Smith) and Cleteus D. Smith (Catherine Donaghy Smith), three grandchildren Hunter G. Smith, Amber L. Smith and Emear E. Smith; and life-long, loving, friend Buddy Smith and his wife Linda.

While in her youth, she was crowned Surf Queen in Virginia Beach and Homecoming Queen for Elon; Cleve was truly as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She will always be remembered as a loving mother, adoring grandmother and a gracious friend to all.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home and the celebration of life will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm at The Gathering at Scott Memorial United Methodist Church. The family encourages everyone who attends the celebration to wear Cleve's favorite color of pink. The family will receive guests in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Sentara Hospice House in Virginia Beach are greatly appreciated by Cleve and her family. You may offer condolences at www.kellumfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Brandon C. Smith and wife, Bertha Dodel Smith, Son
  • Cleteus D. Smith and wife, Catherine Donaghy Smith, Son
  • Hunter G. Smith, Grandchild
  • Amber L. Smith, Grandchild
  • Emear E. Smith, Grandchild
  • Buddy Smith and his wife Linda, Friend

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • A Celebration of Life Sunday, November 10, 2019

Memories

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Janice Grenier

November 13, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Cleve was like our local Betty White. Everyone couldn’t help but love her!! What an amazing person. I loved her so much. I sure did miss her when she retired. We had so much fun together. Anytime she got a call she couldn’t understand because of accent she would put them on hold and then tell me the call was for me. Little devil!! She got me all the time. We will all miss her so much. May God comfort you during this time. My love and prayers to all her family!! Jan

Tracey Chestnut

November 9, 2019

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Cleve. She was a very kind woman with a bright smile for everyone. We have many fond memories of her and her kindness. Your family has our deepest sympathy. We hope all your wonderful memories bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Bennie and Jane Etheridge, Tracey Etheridge Chestnut, and Greg and April Etheridge

Julia Donaghy

November 8, 2019

Phyllis/Mike Steed/Jennette

November 6, 2019

We love you, Cleve.

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Biography

Marthea Cleve Gayle Smith (age 81) passed with peace and grace to go home to Jesus on November 5, 2019. She was predeceased by her parents Clyde Gibson and Emear Creekmore Gayle and half-brother Clyde. Cleve was born in Norfolk and raised in Virginia Beach, graduated from Virginia Beach High School and attended Elon College. She worked for Dermatology, Inc. for over 40 years, attending to patients and making lifetime dear friends.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons: Brandon C. Smith (Bertha Dodel Smith) and Cleteus D. Smith (Catherine Donaghy Smith), three grandchildren Hunter G. Smith, Amber L. Smith and Emear E. Smith; and life-long, loving, friend Buddy Smith and his wife Linda.

While in her youth, she was crowned Surf Queen in Virginia Beach and Homecoming Queen for Elon; Cleve was truly as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She will always be remembered as a loving mother, adoring grandmother and a gracious friend to all.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home and the celebration of life will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm at The Gathering at Scott Memorial United Methodist Church. The family encourages everyone who attends the celebration to wear Cleve's favorite color of pink. The family will receive guests in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Sentara Hospice House in Virginia Beach are greatly appreciated by Cleve and her family. You may offer condolences at www.kellumfuneralhome.com