Deborah A. (Buckhalter) Smith
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Deborah A. (Buckhalter) Smith, 83, of North Kingstown, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Kent Hospital. She was the loving wife of Albert D. Smith. Born in Kentwood, La., she was a daughter of the late Rochelle M. Buckhalter Sr. and Audrey (Thomas) McIntosh.
Deborah was an influential and effective advisor in Governor Carcieri's Administration as his director of External Affairs. She served as Chairman of Governor Carcieri's campaign for both terms.  She had an extensive background and history of successes in community leadership positions throughout Rhode Island. She was most noted for her outstanding contributions in community relations as a senior vice president in the Corporate Services Group for Old Stone Bank in Providence. She was appointed by former Governor Bruce Sundlun to the Board of Governors for Higher Education, the RI Human Services Investment Council, RI Partnership for Science and Technology, the RI Commission on Criminal Justice and the Commission on Judicial Tenure and Discipline. Deborah was appointed by Bishops Gelineau and Mulvee to the Stewardship and Development Advisory Board for the Diocese of Providence. She was a graduate and past director of Leadership RI and a past president of the Urban League of RI, to name a few of her accomplishments. She was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Rhode Island and the New England Institute of Technology.
In addition to her husband, she leaves her loving daughter, Audrey E. Campbell of Providence. She was the cherished grandmother of Nicholas Carter of Providence, Christopher Carter of Hawaii, Carlos C. Campbell of Providence, & seven great-grandchildren. She was the sister of Patricia Taylor of Chicago, Ill., and the late Rochelle M. Buckhalter Jr., Sylvester H. McIntosh Jr., and Ruth Wilkinson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. in St. Bernard Church, 275 Tower Hill Road, Wickford. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park, Illinois will be private. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on FRIDAY from 4 to 8 p.m. at ST. BERNARD CHURCH. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory to St. Bernard Church will be appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted to THE CRANSTON-MURPHY FUNERAL HOME of WICKFORD. For online messages of condolence, kindly visit

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Published in Southern Rhode Island Newspapers from Sep. 22 to Oct. 14, 2017.
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October 3, 2017
I worked with Debbie at Old Stone Bank many years ago and she was always smiling and styling. She had a big heart and loved her fashion!
September 28, 2017
I am deeply sorry for your loss. May "the God of all confort" be with you and your family in these difficult times. (2 Corinthians 21:3,4)
September 26, 2017
May we remember Deborah bright smile and please read In your Bible passage to give endure and comfort
Lydia Biebl
September 24, 2017
Its hard, if not impossible to say goodbye to someone that you cared so deeply for, and who was a true friend. 37 years ago Debbie was responsible for my moving from LA and joining Old Stone Bank. And for 37 years Debbie and Al have been friends to me and my family. If you meet someone from RI and asked if they knew Debbie Smith you would get a big smile from them and a joyful "yes". Debbie in her own unique way has touched the hearts and minds of many many people. Debbie will be missed by us all. Missed but never forgotten! Al, Audrey, the grandchildren and other family members - Now is the time for healing. We offer you our deepest sympathy.

Wayne Johnson
Wayne Johnson
September 24, 2017
Wayne Johnson
September 23, 2017
We send our sincere condolences. Ms. Smith no doubt will be remembered by many. We will pray for the family during this difficult time.

Ecclesiastes 7:1 - A good name is better than oil, and the day of death is better than the day of birth.
Wright Family
September 23, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
joan costello
September 22, 2017
God blessed Debbie Smith... He gave her the knowledge of Spirituality and Reality. Heaven has a New Angel!
David O
September 22, 2017
We send our condolences to the family of Ms. Deborah A. Buckhalter Smith from the San Francisco Bay Area Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC) Chapter. Ms. Smith has "planted trees that are giving shade" to us at UFSC. We are grateful to her. Peace and strength to the family. #ufscnet
Walter Brown
September 22, 2017
My condolences to the family.
McD. Skinner
September 22, 2017
Al and family,

Please accept my condolences on the passing of Deb. I am so sorry for your loss. She was truly a wonderful human person. I enjoyed knowing her through Leadership Rhode Island. She has left a wonderful legacy in Rhode Island. May her memory give you strength and courage. RIP Deb
John O'Leary
September 22, 2017
Otis Watson
Deborah it has been a pleasure, and an honor, to have worked with you in the past, as members of the National Association of Urban Bankers, nka: Urban Financial Services Coalition, Inc. You were a first class lady all the way. My prayers are with your family at this time of need. Otis Watson
September 21, 2017
Ochre Court, Newport Summer -04
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to Al, Audrey, Nick, Chris & Carlos, their spouses and children.

Deb was wonderful, spiritual and the leader of her family and in business and government. She accomplished much and will be remembered for all those achievements.

She truly had a "Life Well Lived". Her smile, love of life, positive way were inspiring to me and I thank her for sharing all with me.

I was blessed to have her as my "best friend" and ally in life. She was the godmother of Abigail and was marvelous with all our children.

We will all miss Auntie Deb very much.

Karl, Kathy, William, Charlotte and Abigail
Karl Olsen
September 21, 2017
My condolences to Deborah's family. She will be truly missed. God rest her soul.

Geraldine Strother
September 20, 2017
My Heartfelt condolences to Al & the Family
Margaret Sitko
September 20, 2017
Dear Al & Family, what an honor and a privilege to have served Deb for so many years at the University Club in Providence, I have so many cherished memories and good times spent laughing with Her and Friends. What a Lady. I want to offer you all my heartfelt sympathies at this sad time. May you find peace and comfort in your memories of this amazing Woman. Sincerely, Margaret M. Sitko
Margaret Sitko
September 20, 2017
To the family; May your fondest memories somehow help you face each new tomorrow, and may you find that God's help continues to lessen your sorrow. Psalms 68:20
September 19, 2017
Dear Al, Audrey and family, my sincerest condolences for your loss. I had the pleasure of working for Deb and consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to know her. She was a ray of light with that beautiful smile and constant positivity, she will be greatly missed. With love, Christine DiFilippo and Family
Christine DiFilippo
September 19, 2017
We will miss her....We will miss her.
Unfortunately, we will not be around for the funeral. A huge hug from both of us to her and our dear friend Al. Mario and Maria Gabriele
Mario Gabriele
September 19, 2017
From Dudley Mississippi family: we will you sweet lady. Debbie always had such a beautiful smile.
When my mother,(Maggie Norwood, Dudley's cousin)passed they both were right their for us. I'm sad I'm not able to be there for my favorite cousin whom I love dearly. But I know God will give you strength to get though this, he makes NO MISTAKES. God blessed Debbie to take care of my Aunt Mae for years before she passed. And she did it with such love and patient. I believe Debbie was a God fearing woman and a my cousin "Good thang". We will miss her too Dudley. For as long as I can remember, my mother would always say, "Dudley and Debbie" for a long time I thought it was one person, then I realize it was TWO people that became ONE....lOVE ya
Sandra (San), Larry and Willena (Lucy)
September 19, 2017
It is with a heavy heart to know that a wonderful, giving person such as Debbie has passed. It was a pleasure to know and work with her during my time with the Urban League Board and National. She will always be loved and missed. My prayers go to her husband and family.
Patsy Peterson
September 19, 2017
Sincerest condolences to all of Deb's family and friends. I had the pleasure of working with Deb at Old Stone Bank. She was such a positive person- a class act with the brightest smile!!!
May all of your wonderful memories of time spent with Deb bring you peace.
Nancy Allen Santucci
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