Don Smith, Sr.

Don Carroll Smith, Sr.

Friday, November 28th, 1941 - Thursday, July 9th, 2020
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On Thursday morning, this world suffered a huge loss when one of God’s children left this earth to go worship in Heaven our Lord and Savior for all Eternity. Don Carroll Smith, Sr., age 78, born in Kinston, NC, peacefully passed away early Thursday, July 9th, in his home in Virginia Beach, VA. He was preceded in death by his father and beloved mother, Don James and Margaret Kerr (Moore) Smith, as well as his sister, Margaret “Karen” (Smith) Zoby and her husband Gerard. Those friends and family members left behind feel his loss acutely. One of his greatest joys on earth was his family, whom he loved so well. Until they are reunited in Paradise, he temporarily is separated from his very loving wife of 53 years, Sandra “Ann” Smith. His 3 children, Don C. Smith, Jr., of Youngsville, NC; Mark D. Smith and wife Jennifer of Forest Hill, MD; and Margaret J. (Smith) Gilbert and husband Jonathan of Germantown, TN, deeply grieve the loss of their cherished father, as do his 4 beloved grandchildren, Kirsten (Smith) Moler and husband Kenneth, Jared Smith, Abigail Gilbert, and Andrew Gilbert, who also loved him deeply. Additionally, he precedes in death his brother, Don James “Jamie” Smith, as well as his sister, Donna Ashton (Smith) Ralston and husband Al of Hampton Roads, as well as, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Don was an active choir member and former Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church Norfolk where he attended faithfully with his wife. As an ordained preacher, he also served as assistant team leader and minister to the residents at the assisted living community, The Gardens of Virginia Beach. He graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School in ‘60; he also attended Wake Forest University and Old Dominion University. For 3 years during the Vietnam War, he proudly served his country as a captain in the United States Army, then in the U. S. Reserves for an additional 7 years. After his military service, he became the owner and broker of Eagle Realty for over 41 years (Isaiah 40:31). However, above all else, to know Don was to have an encounter with the Lord. Never a day went by that he did not strive to pray for or share with those whom God placed in his path the Lord’s love or His gift of Salvation. Sharing the good news of how Jesus Christ died for all our sins was his greatest delight. Through his passing, he wanted people to be assured that this is a joyous occasion, knowing that he is now dancing before and worshiping with his Heavenly Father. This life is not the end. So, after they play “Taps” to honor his service to his country, his desire was that the wake-up call, “Reveille,” follow, as he is now ushered into the presence of Almighty God and is for the first time truly awake! (1 Corinthians 13:12) In Don’s words, “Will I see you again when they call the roll up yonder?” Will he? He sure hopes so. It’s your choice.

A memorial service open to friends and family will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 1:00 pm in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Norfolk, 312 Kempsville Rd., Norfolk, VA. The family will hold a private graveside service at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, VA, where he will be interred. The Smith family wishes to express to everyone their deepest appreciation for your expressions of love for our family in memory of our husband/father/grandfather. May the Lord richly bless you and yours.
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    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 1:00pm
    First Baptist Church of Norfolk
    312 Kempsville Rd
    NORFOLK, VA 23502
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  • Interment

    Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial State Veterans Cemetery
    5310 Milners Road
    Suffolk, Virginia 23434
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Johnny eiban and company

Posted at 11:58am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.We will miss Don!

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Sandy Hill

Posted at 11:57am
My thoughts and prayers are with Ann and the rest of the family during this difficult time. I had just spoken to Don on the phone a few weeks back and am so truly sorry to hear of his passing. I'm sure that he is dancing with the Lord his God now and is forever alive. R.I.P my dear friend. Sandy Hill

Lucy P. Cupp

Posted at 08:43pm
The shock has still not worn off. The world has lost a great champion of God. It did not matter where he was, Don always encountered someone in need of the Lord, and lovingly and patiently took the time to share with them how they could know God and become one of His children. Don, and is wife Ann, were great prayer champions. When they prayed, you knew God was listening. It was always a toss upas to whom to call first when there was a need for prayer, Don or the church. Often times, Don was the one called first.

Don Smith was the type of person whom you didn't know what to expect next. His sense of humor was always on, and so were his shinanigans. Like the time we were out with a bunch of friends at Cracker Barrel. He disappeared for a few minutes, and when he came back, he was holding a bag with a gift paper lining. Don then went on to make a presentation "from the group" that was directed to me, in honor of the great progress I had made on my diet. He then proceeded to remove the special gift from the bag - an infants frilly onesie. He even had the nerve to ask if I would model it! There was never a dull moment when Don was around. I'm sure Heaven's angels have their work cut out for them now that Don has joined my husband. Those two were like two peas in a pod.

You are greatly missed my dear brother in the Lord, helper with my beloved husband in his last days, assistant team leader, friend, confidant, prayer warrior, property manager, mentor to my grandson. You will always be remembered until that grand and glorious day when we will see each other again in Heaven.

Sharon Lewis

Posted at 06:42pm
My husband, David, and I will always remember Don Smith with a sweet smile on our face! To know Don was to know that his greatest love was Jesus and to see others know Him as well.
We both were very shocked when we heard of his passing but immediately realized the joy he must be experiencing by meeting Jesus face to face.
Praying for Mrs. Ann and the family.
Dave and Sharon Lewis

Susan Smith

Posted at 02:26pm
I am so saddened by the loss of my dear friend Don!!

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