William Russell Smith

William Russell Smith

Thursday, July 9th, 1942 - Friday, March 27th, 2020
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William “Russell” Smith, Jr., 77, passed away March 27, 2020. He was born in Richmond, VA to the late William Russell Smith, Sr. and Thelma Tuck Smith. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his grandson, Jason Matthew Davis; 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Russell served his country in the US Navy and then later established Russell’s Heating and Cooling in 1977 becoming a successful business owner. He also enjoyed Bible Teaching for small groups in Virginia Beach. Russell was a wise, selfless man who was compassionate about helping others by being a devoted listener, spiritual influence, father figure, mentor to many who crossed his path. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 58 years, Audrey Faye Smith; daughter, Sandra Davis; son, Buddy Smith (Lauren); grandchildren, Brandon Davis (Brianna), Justin Davis (Morgan), Heather Davis (Brady), Mason Davis, Alyona Smith, Jillian Smith and Liam Smith; great-grandchildren, Aayla, Asher, Felicity, Beckett and Eisley; brother, David Smith and numerous other loving family and friends.

To adhere to CDC guidelines there will be no formal visitation. The family will not be receiving friends, those choosing may visit Graham Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1112 Kempsville Rd., Chesapeake on Sunday, March 29, from 1-4pm. A private family graveside service will be held at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake. Please visit his Book of Memories at where you may share a story or leave a note to the family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 29th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, March 29th, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    To adhere to CDC guidelines there will be no formal visitation those choosing may visit from 1 to 4 p.m. The family will not be present.
  • Service

    Chesapeake Memorial Gardens
    524 Cedar Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23322
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  • Interment

    Chesapeake Memorial Gardens
    524 Cedar Road
    Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
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Shirley Bright

Posted at 10:59am
What a Godly friend and teacher. He touched so many lives, including mine. The world is a better place because of Russell.
I send love and prayers to all the hearts that have been broken during these dark days. Take care until we meet again.

Vans of Great Bridge

Posted at 04:36pm
We were truly saddened to hear of Mr. Smith's passing.
After many years of doing business with him, we became privy to how
much business and family meant to him.
Russell's Heating and Cooling is successful because of him, and (because
of him) will remain that way for generations.
Our hearts go out to all of the lives he has touched.
Sincerely....Vans of Great Bridge

Jim Weaver

Posted at 04:17pm
Our prayers and sympathy goes out to the family at this time of loss for a saintly man. Russell had a profound impact our Christian lives for the short time that we were blessed to know him. Jim and Kay Weaver

Susan Salem

Posted at 11:39am
Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength. My heart is with you in your time of sorrow. Susan Salem
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Bob Miler

Posted at 09:39am
Thank You Russell Smith. Even though I have not seen you in about 25 years, you have not nor will you ever be forgotten. The life lessons that you taught me at a young age have helped to mold me into the man I am today. You exemplified Christ love and showed me the proper way to treat others and how to always do the right thing no matter the situation. You taught me to work hard to earn everything I get and were a great father figure for me. Your examples of how to live, lead and love have been an instrumental guide throughout my life. I know I would not be where I am today without you taking the time to teach, guide and mentor me when I was a young a man. You will truly be missed.

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