Fred E. Stith, 70, of Virginia Beach, Va., passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Born in Tulsa, Okla., Fred was the youngest of five siblings.|
Fred devoted 30 honorable years to the U.S. Navy; rising through enlisted and warrant officer ranks, before retiring as a commissioned Naval Officer, with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Fred served military tours in Vietnam, Southwest Asia, and other battle zones. He served on numerous naval ships and at several duty stations across the globe. While serving, Fred earned many distinguished military awards including the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation with Bronze Star, Meritorious Unit Commendation with Four Bronze Stars, Navy "E" Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Star, Navy Expeditionary Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, among many other service commendations.
After his distinguished military career, Fred earned his college degree, taught, tutored, and volunteered in various projects for the Denison Independent School District in Denison.
Fred is survived by his wife, Lourdes Stith; his four children, Marilou Briglin, Elizabeth Collins, Gary Stith, and Dale Marie Stith; his grandchildren, Cecilia, Jeffrey, Marina, Lauren, Alec, Lucas, Cassidy, and Holden; his great-grandchildren, Arabella and Mathias; his brother, Dale Ross Stith and wife Judi; and sister, Jeanette Duncan and husband Jerry.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Fred D.W. Stith and Frances Bauldridge; and siblings, Sam Stith, and Phyllis Johnson.
The family will receive friends from 6 -8 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013 at Holloman-Brown Funeral Home, 1264 Great Neck Road in Virginia Beach, Va.
The funeral with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Fort Story First Landing Chapel located at Fort Story Joint Expeditionary Base.
Condolences may be offered to the family at Holloman-Brown.
Published in The Herald Democrat on Apr. 12, 2013