Dewey Dewayne Smith, 36, of Key Largo, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2009, as the result of a diving accident.
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He was born in Kirkwood, Mo., and had lived in Panama City most of his life.
Dewey graduated from Florida State University with a degree in underwater crime scene investigation in 2006, and worked as a diver for UNC-Wilmington at NOAA in Key Largo for the last two years. Dewey served his country for five years in the U.S. Navy as a medical corpsman on the U.S.S. Peleliu.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, Leroy and Elvie Sowell.
Survivors include his mother, Donna Thomas of Panama City; stepfather, Jeff Thomas of Panama City; brother, Sean Smith of Daytona Beach; sister, Lisa Neuenfeldt of Panama City; niece, Susan; nephew, Jonathan; his father, Dewey Smith III of Tallahassee; grandparents, Dewey Jr. and Mary Smith of Waynesville, Mo.; and his beloved girlfriend, Meredith Kintzing of Norfolk, Va.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Underwood officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until service time at 6 p.m.
In Dewey's memory, and in lieu of flowers, please perform a random act of kindness every day.
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