Gordon B. Smith Jr.
NEWPORT NEWS - Gordon Bernard Smith Jr., of Newport News, died peacefully Thursday, April 16, 2009, at his residence The Chesapeake.
Bernard is survived by his wife, Josephine Polhamus Smith and her family; son, Richard G. Smith and his wife, JoAnn of Williamsburg; daughter, Kimberly S. Moore and her husband, Craig of Poquoson; grandsons, Patrick, Christian and Tyler Moore of Poquoson; and brother, G. Jackson Smith and his wife, Mary and family of Poquoson.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Jean Miller Smith; sister, Lois S. Brown; and parents, Gordon B. Smith Sr. and Lois Yelton Smith.
Born in Newport News in 1923, Bernard graduated from Newport News High School, the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company Apprentice School, and the College of William and Mary. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He worked at Newport News Shipbuilding as an electrical draftsman and served in the United States Navy at Bainbridge, Md., and Bremerton, Wash.
Bernard's career as a Certified Public Accountant began in Richmond in 1950 and continued to Newport News in 1956. He was one of the founding partners of Eggleston, Smith and Company and managed the firm for 11 years until his retirement in 1985. Along the way he was president of the VSCPA, MASAC, the Virginia Group of CPA's, and Chairman of the Virginia State Board for Accountants, receiving many awards during his service.
A lecturer at Christopher Newport College, Bernard taught the first class offered at the school. He was active in the Warwick Lions Club and a Melvin Jones Fellow, Peninsula Sports Club, Peninsula Metro Area YMCA, and Lower Peninsula Chapter of the College of William and Mary Alumni Association. He served as a Deacon and was very active on various committees at North Riverside Baptist Church and was past president of The Chesapeake Resident Council.
Life-long learning was a constant endeavor of Bernard's. An avid traveler, he and Jean traveled the world with close friends, often participating in Elder Hostel programs. He enjoyed bridge, golf, reading, model shipbuilding, and the pleasure that socializing with friends and family brought. More recently he and Jo enjoyed trips to Chetola Lake in Blowing Rock, N.C.
The family wishes to thank the numerous caring staff of The Chesapeake who provided many hours of comfort to him and us. We also wish to thank Dr. John Q. A. Mattern II and the staff at Virginia Oncology Associates for their undivided care and attention.
A memorial service and reception following will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at North Riverside Baptist Church, 311 Selden Road, Newport News.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions to your favorite charity. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published by Daily Press from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2009.
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To the entire Smith family, I send my sympathy. I am a friend of G. Jack as I have known him my entire life. I attended Bernard's funeral today and it was truly an outstanding tribute to a great man. G. Jack always spoke kindly of his brother and I had met him on several occasions. I grew up going to Orcutt Avenue Baptist Church and loved Mrs. Gordon Smith, Bernard and Jack's mother. What a good family. Last May, if my memory serves me correctly, I sat at the table with Bernard and JoAnn at the Newport News Pioneers meeting. He was interesting and kind. I am glad I had that opportunity. Our prayers are with the family.
Fred and Patty Mays
Frederick Mays
April 21, 2009
Dear Smith Family,
You are in our prayers and thoughts. May Our God give you comfort at this time of loss. Matthew 5:4 says, "Blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted." May His loving arms surround you and give you peace. God bless each of you as we continue to lift you up in prayer.
Grace,Peace and Love,
Janet Lockstampfor and
North Riverside Baptist Church Members
We love you Jo!
Janet Lockstampfor
April 21, 2009
From a former Corbin Lake neighbor and client of Eggleston Smith, very sincere condolences. I hope that the knowlege that so many of his former clients, friends and acquaintances' thoughts are with you at this time might prove to be a source of some solace and comfort.
Erwin B. Drucker
April 20, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I had the privilege of knowing and working with your dad through Craft Machine Works.
Pamela Brezinski
April 20, 2009
I was so sad to read about Bernard's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Jo and the family. He was a very kind man and he will be missed.
Dawn Stewart
April 20, 2009
I was privileged to begin my career in 1977 under the leadership of G. Bernard Smith. He had the admirable traits that characterize great people. I spoke to many people over the years about Mr. Smith and never heard a negative word about him. He was loved by his partners, clients, peers, staff and family. He will surely be missed and I am glad I had the opportunity to know him.
Bob Moore
April 19, 2009
Both my parents always had the greatest respect for both Bernie and Jean, and my sisters and I were raised with that respect for and approval of them. Our sympathies are with Dick, Kim, and their families.
Tom Eggleston
April 19, 2009
Hi Kim and Craig, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during his difficult time. Take care of yourself, because sometimes we forget to do this in our bereavement time.
Louise Mozingo
April 19, 2009
I am saddened to learn of Bernie's (sp?) death. I have always had the highest respect for him as a person as well as a CPA. He gave a lot to our profession in time and expertise. I last spoke with him soon after he and his wife moved into the Chesapeake, and he was very happy and pleased with the move. He was very kind and gracious in conversation and conduct. My sympathies are with his wife and children. He certainly will be missed.
Russell Weaver
April 19, 2009
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