Archie Smith

Archie Raymond "Buddy" Smith Jr.

Saturday, November 21st, 1931 - Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020
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Archie R. (Buddy) Smith passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 22 after a brief illness. Born November 21, 1931 to Archie and Lena Smith in Richmond, VA, he spent his 88 years building his life around three things he valued. First was his every day faith in Jesus, for whom he shared the gospel with many people. He loved his Savior and his church family and quietly met many people’s needs-generosity was his love language. Second was his business. Widely respected for his integrity, he led Smith and Keene Electric to become the dominant company it is. Many in the business world knew him as Buddy, a nickname given to him by his grandmother. He remained at its helm until he retired at 82, when he turned it over to his sons, Gary and Tim. Third was his family, whom he loved deeply, especially his dear wife, Carlita, with whom he had just celebrated 70 years of marriage. He did all he could for each family member to help them become successful in life. In turn, he was greatly loved and respected by them. Besides Carlita, he leaves behind four children and their spouses, Rebecca (Jerry), Steve (Shirley), Gary (Penny) and Tim (Susan), ten grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Graham Funeral Home, 1112 Kempsville Road, Chesapeake, VA. His funeral is planned for Saturday, August 1, at 10 AM at Kempsville Baptist Church, 5204 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA. The graveside service will be family only. In lieu of flowers, Archie had requested donations be given to The Liberty Godparent Home, 124 Liberty Mountain Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502 or online at

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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 31st, 2020 | 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Friday, July 31st, 2020 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 10:00am
    Kempsville Baptist Church
    5204 Princess Anne Road
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    Dr. Kelly Burris
  • Interment

    Rosewood Memorial Park
    631 North Witchduck Road
    Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
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    The graveside will be private family only


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Jeff & Sharon Cardillo

Posted at 06:25pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family.
Jeff & Sharon Cardillo

Elinor Malendoski

Posted at 11:56am
My dear Carlita,
I want you and your family to know how very much my family and Outreach for Christ, Inc. appreciate your loving support these past 40 years! The Lord knows how many hours you and Archie gave of your time and sustenance to strengthen the work of this ministry! I am sure that my husband, Bill, and Wayne and Ann Skinner were among the first to welcome your dear Archie into his Heavenly Home. My prayers of comfort are here for you.
With love always,
Elinor Malendoski

Sally Carl

Posted at 10:46am
Remember Archie and Carlita's trip to Michigan with Jerry and Becky. Enjoyed showing them the area, especially Macinaw Island. Thinking of the family this week. Our prayers and love, Tom and Sally Carl

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