George Edmand Smith

May 14, 1948December 28, 2018

George Edmand Smith, 70, passed away on December 28, 2018. He was born in Stockton, CA to the late Oscar and LaVern Smith. George served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 39 years, retiring as Master Chief ET. He was a longtime member of the Beach Combers Corvette Club and a member as well as a former President of the Hampton Roads Car Club Council. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 36 years, Denise Smith.

Left to cherish his memory are his 2 sons, Todd Dwayne Smith and his wife Claudia of Germany, and Kevin Timothy Smith and his wife Olivia of Virginia; brother Sparky Smith of California; sister Valerie Dupuich of California; and 3 grandchildren, Covey Austin Smith, Timothy Joshua Smith and Angenlia Sophia Braun.

The family will receive friends from 5-8:00 PM on Thursday and Friday, January 17th and 18th at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home. A graveside service will be at 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 19, 2019, in Rosewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.


  • Todd Dwayne Smith, Son
  • Claudia Smith, Daughter-in-law
  • Kevin Timothy Smith, Son
  • Olivia Smith, Daughter-in-law
  • Sparky Smith, Brother
  • Valerie Dupuich, Sister
  • Covey Austin Smith, Grandchild
  • Timothy Joshua Smith, Grandchild
  • Angenlia Sophia Braun, Grandchild

  • Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia


  • Visitation Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, January 19, 2019

George Edmand Smith

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Steve Lorcher

January 16, 2019

The Alion family and the Coast Guard test team at COTF are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend "King George the First". We're grateful to have worked with him, but more importantly, to have known him as a friend. We're inspired by his immense contributions to this country and to the community. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family, friends and all those who admired him. Rest in peace George.

John Kittler, Capt, USN (Ret)

January 16, 2019

Master Chief Smith -
George - It was an honor to serve with you in our unit.
You were the technical backbone of HDC 205 and
the unchallenged leader of the MAST, the heartbeat of the unit.
I still remember you busting butt to get and keep the gear going while the Mighty Masters of MIUW slept in the tents during Linked Seas. (I still have the pictures....). We kicked butt.
I never, ever worried about the communications or computers while you were around.
I enjoyed your company at dinner in San Diego years afterward and will never forget what you told me about being in HDC 205. It was an honor.
We WERE the best and you were the best.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, shipmate, see you in the great beyond!

Herbert Mumford

January 10, 2019

A limb has fallen from the corvette family tree. I keep hearing a voice that says, Grieve,
not for me. Remember the best times, the laughter, the song. The good life I lived while
I was strong. George was such a kind, gentle soul. He would do anything to help
improve the car culture. I’ll remember George in many positive ways-with a big smile
and a great sense of humor, always great with a story, about his 1965 corvette.
What an amazing friend since 2005. Caring thoughts are with you.
“Semper Fidelis” Always Faithful.
Herbert and Debbie Mumford

Mike & Pam Ware

January 8, 2019

Our heartfelt condolences to all of George's family and friends. Such a warm and endearing friend, George was always quick to greet you with a big smile. We already miss him and will certainty miss even more during our Saturday, Cruise In's, where we just sat, talked, enjoyed the cars and everyone's company. He has reserved a permanent spot in our hearts and we will always cherish him our memories. Friend, Vette "Top Down" Buddy and Shipmate. RIP George


January 7, 2019

I was so sorry to hear that George passed. He was such a wonderful person. I worked with George (Pentagon Staff) and we talked of Corvettes and Coffee. Even after he left us in the CCD, he still came down and talked and was a member of our coffee mess and came to our Christmas Parties. It was a privilege to work and know him. You have my deepest sympathy.

Mark R. Winters, MD

January 6, 2019

My wife Judy and I are new members of the Beachcombers Corvette Club and we were so lucky to begin to get know this fine gentleman and enjoy some of the many events he organized. My daughter Madison and I had the privilege of following George’s lead at our first parade, the Pungo Strawberry Festival, and it is a memory we will cherish forever.

Preston Powers

January 5, 2019

George was one the good guys who made a difference on this place we call earth. He served his country in the USCG, and through his love of cars stepped up to lead or support so many Cruise in, car shows and was just always there. As a fellow member of the Beachcombers Corvette Club you will always be remembered with your 65 Corvette and as a friend. Rest In Peace and condolences to your family


January 5, 2019

Hey George!

Simply are the best!

As an athlete, a smart guy, and our High Student Body President inv1966. After Franklin St High School and San Joaquin Delta College in1968 in Stockton, CA, I move South to LA and you moved to Virginia Beach, VA.

I'll never forget you and see you on the screen of my imagination vividly.

Thanks for the memories and friendship back then... You always beat me to the punch and I'll just have to catch you on the other side Master Chief.

Thanks for the memories old friend!!

Only the very best!!!

Carol Hall-Greathouse

January 5, 2019

George was my classmate at Franklin Sr. High School in Stockton, California. He was truly one of the nicest guys in our class, always polite, always organized. It was great to see him at our 50th high school reunion. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Harry Sadler

January 5, 2019

A shipmate thru and thru. Will be greatly missed. Rest easy Master Chief - we have the watch. Thoughts are with the family. Regret I will be unable to attend visitation or services.
Best regards

Harry Sadler-CWO4