SHELBY- Donald "Don" Eugene Smith, 82, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Kings Mountain Hospice House. Born on Jan. 8, 1931, in Jefferson County, Ill., he was the son of the late Glen Dare and Lula Tate Smith.
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He served four years in the Air Force, received his B.S. from Clemson University and his E.D.S. from Appalachian State University. He was a retired education administrator at Cleveland Community College. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Shelby. He served as a deacon and was a member of the Bost Sunday School Class. He enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his family.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Smith and Irvin Smith.
Don is survived by his wife, Sue Winchester Smith; a son, Stephen Eugene Smith and wife Jeannie of Forest City; a daughter, Suzanne Smith Ragin and husband Jay of Clinton, S.C.; a brother, J. Delbert Smith and wife Nancy of Woodlawn, Ill.; and four grandchildren, Anna Ragin, Luke Ragin, Alex Tillman, and Katie Tillman.
Visitation: The family will receive friends following the service in the sanctuary.
Celebration of life service: 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Shelby
Officiated by: The Rev. Tony Tench
Burial: A private burial will be held at Cleveland Memorial Park
Funeral home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Memorials: The family requests no flowers, but that memorials be made to First Baptist Church 120 North Lafayette Street, Shelby NC 28150 or Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150.
Online guest registry: www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
CECIL M. BURTON FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY
106 CHERRYVILLE RD. SHELBY, NC 28150-4208
Published in Shelby Star on Nov. 2, 2013