Stephen Charles Smith, 67, of Crystal River, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Gainesville. A lifelong Floridian, Steve was born Feb. 8, 1945, in St. Petersburg to the late James and Billie Smith. After serving our country proudly in the U.S. Army, he became a deputy for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida. Steve owned his own business and was an agent through Nationwide Insurance. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1999, doctors offered a bleak prognosis. However, never wavering from his strong Christian faith and trust in the Lord, he defied the odds and became a medical miracle. He cherished every day and spent his life investing in others through teaching, counseling and spending time with family and friends.
Left to cherish his memory are his son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Elisa Smith; their children, Addison and Nathan Smith; his brother, Gary "G.Z." Smith; as well as his dear friend and caregiver, Linda Medley.
A tribute to Steve's life will be Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, preceded by visitation with the family from noon until the hour of service. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, make a donation to the
in Stephen's name if you feel so inclined.