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Seaver-Brown Chapel
Saturday September 21st, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm

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Saturday September 21st, 2019

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William D. "Bill" Smith


WILLIAM D. "BILL" SMITH, age 87, passed away Monday, September 16, 2019 at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

Bill Smith was a loving husband, dad, and grandfather. Just about everywhere he went, he made a new friend. Mr. Smith served as President of the Bank of Marion for 15 years and served on many boards and clubs in Smyth County and throughout Virginia – Kiwanis, Marion Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Marion Planning Commission, Zoning Appeals Board, Elks Club, Francis Marion VFW Post #4667, and the Virginia Association of Community Banks. He was a graduate of the MSHS Class of 1949 and then a graduate of the Banking Program at the University of Virginia. Bill loved his Lord and his country, and humbly served as chairman of the Official Board of Davis Memorial Methodist Church, and proudly volunteered to protect his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. The world doesn’t have many Bill Smith’s and his absence will be felt in the hearts and lives of all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley W. Smith; parents, Paul R. and Elizabeth H. Smith; sisters, Sandra Jurkiewicz and Peggy Goodman.

Bill is survived by his son, David Smith and wife, Lisa of Denver, N.C.; sisters, Patsy Bales of Marion, Va. and Connie Blevins of Bristol, Va.; brother, Paul D. Smith and wife, Karen of New Market, Va.; grandson, Samuel K. Smith of Denver, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 12 noon at Seaver-Brown Chapel with Pastor Faith Ramer and Pastor Harry Howe officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by the U.S. Army Honor Guard and Francis Marion VFW Post #4667. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

To share memories of William D. "Bill" Smith, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Bill's family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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The golf gang in Broadway always enjoyed having Bill join us at our golf junkets, especially to Cheat Lake. He was a kind man and good golfer and friend. Condolences to the family.Rip brother Bill.

C.W. Grandle Sep 26 2019 12:00 AM

David, Patsy, Connie, Ted and family, We are so sad to hear about Bills passing. We loved Bill and will miss visiting with him. Unfortunately, we are out of town and traveling home later this weekend. We will miss the service but know that the family is in our hearts and prayers! Please let us know if you need anything. Love you all, Liz and family

Liz Ewald, and family Sep 20 2019 12:00 AM

Dear David and Family, We are so saddened at your father"s passing. Our whole family loved, admired, and respected Bill as we did your mother. Bill was always the same: a friend to everyone and solid as a rock. I knew him best from church where he was a role model of character and Christian living. He loved Davis Memorial and supported her through many ministers and projects over the years. I always considered your dad to be my friend and someone I could turn to if I ever needed help or advice. Bill"s beautiful voice added so much to worship service and choir and it will be sorely missed. We both attended Rebecca"s Bible Study and I developed a kinship with your father because I learned that he and I had the exact same thoughts about going to heaven. He knows now exactly how it is. I loved him and will miss him terribly. We are out of town this week and will not be able to be with you. My mother is crushed at your father's death and is having a very difficult time accepting it. Please know your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. The Greer family grieves with you. Gina and Rex send their deepest sympathy. You have our love and support always. Lesa Keyes

Lesa Greer Keyes Sep 19 2019 12:00 AM

Family of Bill Smith: It was with regret that I read of Bill's death. It was our privilege to have known and worked with him when we were living in Marion. He was a classmate of my wife Betty in high school and we joined him in many activities in Marion. Our prayers for your comfort and support during this time. Jim Wilson, Tom and Diane

James Wilson Sep 19 2019 12:00 AM

Bill was my second cousin on my father's side of the family. His mother Elizabeth Harper Smith was my grandfather's sister. My grandfather was Arch Harper Sr and my Dad was Archie Harper Jr.. I remember going to Aunt Lizzie and Uncle Paul home in Marion when I was a little girl. Bill was 23 years older than I, so he was out on his own when I got to visit them. I always admired him but we never had family reunions and our paths were in different directions. I want to send my sympathy and prayers for the family. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. I believe that when we lose someone close to us they still live through us and give us strength. David, Patsy, Connie and Paul hold tight to Bill's memory for comfort, those memories are his legacy of love to you all. With hugs and prayers, Jody Harper Olinger Stacey Olinger Sheena Olinger Henderson

Jody Harper Olinger Sep 19 2019 12:00 AM

I had the honor of getting to know "Bill" in the last 10 years or so through his son, Dave. Both Bill and his wife Shirley were wonderful people who were always gracious and very accommodating. Bill was a very wise person who I can't imagine was ever mad- he seemed to always have a sunny countenance. We shared interests in golf, Hokie football and I enjoyed hearing Bill tell of his past and getting his thoughts on various current topics- be it politics or how good the Hokies would be this year. Although not with me, he scored a hole in one on my home course (#17) and I have often thought of Bill (and Dave- my good friend) when I come upon that tee box. Bill (& Shirley) will be missed but I feel richly rewarded after getting to know him through the past years.

Perry Clark Sep 18 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around each of you and comfort you during this sad time.

Marvin & Louise Leslie Sep 18 2019 12:00 AM

Cathy Smith-Slaughter Sep 17 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William "Bill" Smith

Cathy Smith-Slaughter Sep 17 2019 12:00 AM

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