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12/31/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Doug Smith

Douglas Magruder Smith
(d. 29 Dec 2010)

Newport News High School Class of 1947

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
  We have still another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this New Year's Eve morning.    Doug Smith, Class of 1947, passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at the age of 81.  His brother, the late Herbert Grooms Smith, Jr., preceded him in death.

From the Daily Press - 12/31/10:

Douglas M. Smith
    NEWPORT NEWS - The Honorable Douglas Magruder Smith, 81, died Dec. 29, 2010, after a 12 year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Since Nov. 26, 2009, he was cared for by the staff of Mennowood Retirement Community.

Doug Smith was a native of Newport News and was raised in the East End, where he was a charter member of the East End Blue Devils. He was born to Allene Sinton Smith and Judge Herbert Grooms Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, LT Herbert Grooms Smith Jr., USMC.

Doug graduated from Newport News High School Class of 1947, Washington & Lee University Class of 1950, and Washington & Lee University School of Law, Class of 1953. He was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1952, and became a member of Hall, Martin, Hornsby, Smith & Dowding. In 1961, Doug became the youngest attorney to be appointed to a judgeship on a Virginia circuit court bench, where he served until 1989.
The Honorable Douglas M. Smith
Doug was proud of his involvement with and was recognized for his service to many civic and community organizations including: The Virginia Bar Association, Hampton Roads Academy School Board, Kiwanis Club, The Boys & Girls Clubs, Riverside Hospital Board of Directors, Virginia War Museum, Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, and the Peninsula YMCA.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Peggy Hood Smith; his four children and their spouses and five grandchildren: daughter, Susan Smith Goetz and Robert; son, Herbert Grooms Smith II and Susan; and grandson, Herbert "Trey" Grooms Smith III; son, Douglas Magruder Smith Jr. and Diana; and granddaughters, Katharine and Susan Douglas; and daughter, Margaret Smith Cunningham and Todd; and grandsons, Todd and Jack.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church by the Rev. William Lamont, with interment to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the ; Hidenwood Presbyterian Church; or the Mennowood Retirement Community.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in The Daily Press from December 31, 2010 to January 1, 2011.
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December 31, 2010

  Judge Smith was truly a good man. Thanks for the advice and faith in me.
December 31, 2010
  I know you're in Heaven now playing a round of golf with Dad and having a good laugh or two.

December 31, 2010
Dear Peggy and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Judge Smith's passing. He was a wonderful man and I enjoyed working with him at the Court House. I was his Clerk for a time and I enjoyed every minute of it. He was great to work for. My thoughts and prayers and with you and your family.

December 31, 2010
Dear Peggy,

Catharine and I send you and your family our sincerest condolences.

It is fitting that being a charter member of the East End Blue Devils was prominent in Doug's obituary.

He was one scrappy second baseman. Having played 3rd base next to him during those memorable years created a bond that can never be broken.

In the truest sense, Doug was a gentleman and a scholar and a fierce competitor on the playing field.

It was a great honor to have known him.

With Love,

Carlton and Catharine

December 31, 2010
I will remember Doug fondly.

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Smith family and their friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

 O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Words by Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David, 1719 (based on Psalm 90)
(17 July 1674 - 25 Nov 1748)

Music, St. Anne, by
William Croft, 1708
(10 Dec 1678 - 14 Aug 1727)

1. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

2. Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

4. Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,
“Return, ye sons of men”:
All nations rose from earth at first,
And turn to earth again.

5. A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

6. The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downwards by the flood,
And lost in foll’wing years.

7. Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the op’ning day.

8. Like flow’ry fields the nations stand
Pleased with the morning light;
The flow’rs beneath the mower’s hand
Lie with’ring ere ’tis night.

9. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

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