Donald Edward Smith

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Donald Edward Smith

February 13, 1937 - December 16, 2018

Donald Edward Smith Donald Edward Smith, 81, of Rainelle, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2018, in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Born February 13, 1937, in Rainelle, he was the son of the late Carl and Lena Callison Smith.
Don was a graduate of Rainelle High School and Concord College. He was a beloved teacher at Rainelle Junior High and High Schools. He was a 50-year member of the Rainelle United Methodist Church where he has served on many committees, as well as serving as a former chairman of the Trustees.
Don was an Honorary Member of the Rainelle Medical Center Board of Directors and served as the chairman of the board for many years. He was active in the WVEA as a member of the Executive Committee and served as president of the GCEA. Don was a licensed financial planner for educators and attended Bascom United Methodist Church in Rupert.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by 2 brothers Keith and Billy Ray Smith.
Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Kay McConnel Smith; 3 daughters Suzzan Maddy of Old Fields, Candy Smith of Lynchburg, Virginia, and Shelley Smith of Buford, Georgia.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 21, in the Rainelle United Methodist Church with Pastor Jonathan Dierdorff officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.
Friends may call two hours before the service from 12 - 2 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations of sympathy be made to the WV Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 2292, Charleston, WV 25328-9903 or St. Marks United Methodist Church/Friday Night Ministries, 900 Washington Street E., Charleston, WV 25301.
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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.
Published on December 19, 2018
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Dec 21, 2018
We were truly saddened to hear about Mr Smith...he was my Science Teacher and I always looked forward to his class!! He was truly a wonderful fellow that us at Catfish’s had come to care deeply for...he loved our Tenders and that always made us all are in our hearts n prayers at this difficult time...Catfish’s was going to order flowers and then we saw your request. We will give a donation in Mr Smith’s honor. If there is anything you need please let us know! We love you, Trish, Jimmy n Peg
J.W. Puckett
Dec 20, 2018
A valued teacher in my years at Rainelle High School who went on to become an even more valued friend!! He touched many lives in his own special way ... RIP Mr. Don !! (and ... GOOOOOOOOOO Cubs !!!)
Debra Davidson-Bennett
Dec 20, 2018
Mr Smith will be greatly missed. He lived a beautiful life and left behind an amazing legacy. He was like a grandfather figure to me and I am so grateful for God placing him in my life many years ago. He would do anything for anybody. I loved sitting and listening to him tell me things about his life and things he had accomplished. He was a very inspiring individual who was loved by so many.
Ellen Moore McCutcheon
Dec 19, 2018
He was a wonderful teacher and a very nice man. Sorry to hear of his passing.
Kevin Ocheltree
Dec 19, 2018
He was more than a former teacher of mine he was also a family friend. Rest in piece Mr. Smith. May God be with his family.
Zane Jones
Dec 19, 2018
The ultimate Ranger RIP mentor and friend.
Bud Whitlow
Dec 19, 2018
He was a lot of things to a lot of people but his friendship was all I needed. Thanks Mr. Smith
Chris (Lusher) Arbaugh
Dec 19, 2018
One of my very favorite teachers! Made learning fun. So sorry for your loss
Patti Gwinn Davis
Dec 19, 2018
No words can express the sadness I feel. Prayers for comfort for the family. He lightened up our neighborhood.
Ann Forbes-Hylton
Dec 19, 2018
Mr. Smith inspired all of us to be great thinkers, mainly because we were unsure of his next move. I was always inspired by his love of teaching. Such a great loss. Much love to the family.