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 www.CranstonMurphy.com.