Philip-Smith, MD-Obituary

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Philip Palmer Smith, MD

Wilmington, North Carolina

Jul 29, 1935 – Aug 24, 2019 (Age 84)


Andrews Mortuary and Crematory Market Street Chapel - Wilmington Obituary

Philip Palmer Smith, MD went to be with his Lord on August 24, 2019. 

Philip was born on July 29, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois.  He graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1953.  He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received his bachelors and doctorate degree in medicine on June 8, 1962.

He married the love of his life, Nancy Claire Davis of Lawrenceville, Illinois, on August 20, 1960. 

Philip did his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C. from 1962 to 1966.  From there he went to Fort Gordon, Georgia, where he served as Chief of Medicine.  During the years 1968-1969 he served his country as Chief of Medicine at the 8th Field Hospital in Nha Trang, Vietnam.  Upon returning to the United States he completed his U.S. Army service at Fort Gordon. 

In the fall of 1970, Philip, Nancy and their two children came to Wilmington, North Carolina where he joined the medical practice of Thomas Marshburn and Ferrell Shuford.  In 1979 Philip became Medical Director for the DuPont Company and also became board certified in Occupational Medicine on January 28, 1991.  He served on the Wilmington Board of Health from January 1999 to December 2004.  He also served on the Arboretum Board and was a member of The Carolina Yacht Club and The Cape Fear Country Club. 

Dr. Smith is survived by his beloved wife Nancy of 59 years; son Philip Palmer Smith, Jr. and wife Caroline Moser Smith; daughter Cynthia Smith Meyer and husband Rand McNutt Meyer; grandchildren, Taylor and Palmer Smith; and Samuel, Zachary, Noah and Rachel Meyer. 

Philip’s devotion to his family and his deep faith in God was an encouragement to all who knew him.  He felt blessed to serve as a board member for many years at his church, Global River Church, in Wilmington. His legacy to his children and grandchildren is one of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, high integrity, character and service to others.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at Global River Church, 4702 South College Road, Wilmington, NC, 28412. (910-392-2899)

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to House of Mercy, Global River Church, 4702 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28412. 



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I am thankful for the life of this great man. Even though I never met him, his life of faith blesses me through his daughter, Cynthia. Love and prayers for the Smith / Meyer family as you carry Dr. Smith's legacy forward in Jesus Christ.

Nancy, we were so sorry we missed you on Sunday, but you were making arrangements and we left the next morning to go out of town. We have such fond memories of Phil and the good times we all used to have together.
We pray God will comfort you during this time. We rejoice in knowing Phil is with his Lord.

Dr. Smith was not only a gentleman and a great physician but one that, at least in his years at GE, believed in the importance of patient care AND in understanding not the disease state but the person with the illness. He was very open to mental health issues in GE workers and went the extra mile to appreciate circumstances that have been often misunderstood in health care. I am deeply appreciative and indebted to him. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

My heart is so sad today, Dr, Smith worked for Shelly Ussery Jacobs and myself many years as our in house doctor for our company which does insurance exams, We loved him and Nancy, Dr Smith was a very smart man, had many talks with him, Dr,Smith is rejoicing in Heaven today with our Lord, friends and family. He will be missed greatly. Love and prayers. Sherry Ussery.

May God's blessings be with the Smith family during this time of beaverment.

Doctor Smith loved people and people loved HIM. We worked together doing mobile Life insurance exams. He would hop in my car with his "original black doctor bag" and off we went. He was kind and caring to all walks of life and had a gift for finding something in common with each client to talk about. Often it turned into a social visit and by the time we left our appointment, he had made another friend. I loved that about him! Doctor Smith loved the Lord and his precious...

Nancy and family, Our prayers are with you all. We will always remember Philip with fondest
memories. God bless you...Louis and Helen Pigford..

A kind and generous gentleman. I worked with Dr.Smith at the CF DuPont site in Emergency Medicine. He was always willing to add his expertise along with, I add a generous dose of wit and down to earthness. Harry P

A Super industrial medical doctor !
Sorry for his loss !