David James Smith
FREDERICK, Md. - Sgt. David James Smith USMC, 25, of Frederick died on Jan. 26, 2010 in Landstaul, Germany, of injuries suffered in an attack on Saturday in Afghanistan.
Born on Feb. 16, 1984 in Washington D. C., he was the son of Mary Jane McWilliams and Leonard Alan Smith.
He was a 2002 graduate of Frederick High School where he wrestled, played lacrosse, soccer and football, and participated in school plays. He joined the Marine Corps in December 2003 and served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006. He was attending East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. where he played lacrosse, and majored in Distribution and Logistics. He attended St. Joseph's on Carrollton Manor Catholic Church, Buckeystown.
Surviving in addition to his parents are stepparents John Jones and Olga Hernandez-Smith, a sister, Kristen Mary Forse and husband, Brian, of Frederick; a brother, Daniel Ross Brown of Frederick; two stepbrothers, Jeffrey Jones and wife, Katrina, of Catonsville, and Brian Jones and wife, Kelly, of Elkridge; two stepsisters, Aline Cook and husband, Dave, and Lisette Rothwell and husband, Rodney, all of Dallas, Texas; nieces and nephews, Logan Cresswell, Vienna Forse, Samuel Jones, Raquel Cook and Dylan and Conner Rothwell. He is also survived by his beloved, Kimberly Mott. Also survived by numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, many friends, and his Marine Corps family.
David had a smile that was infectious and a love of life and family that knew no bounds. He was a presence that made one take notice, no matter where he was. His friends meant so much to him, and keeping in touch with as many as he could was always a priority. He was so proud of his family, his 'clan', and always wanted to hear the latest about everyone, no matter how young. Calls home always had a time to hear the latest news. He loved the Redskins, country music, living down South, ECU Pirates and life in general. He especially loved being a part of the Marine Corps. He was proud and honored to serve, and planned to make this a career after college.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 at the Lynfield Event Complex, 10142 Hansonville Road, Rt. 15, Frederick, MD. 21702, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday Feb. 9. Father Lawrence Frazier will officiate. Interment will follow in Arlington National Cemetery.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 A. C. Skinner Pkwy Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL, 32256.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.staufferfuneralhome.com
Published in The Daily Reflector on Feb. 4, 2010