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10/01/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Don Smith

Donald Creech Smith
(d. 29 Sept 2019)

Newport News High School Class of 1957

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.
  Don Smith, Class of 1957, brother of Frankie Smith Fritzle of VA, Jeanette Smith Curtis of VA, and Jackie Smith Watkins of WV, and of the late Gerald Smith and Terry Smith, Best Dancer in the Class of 1963, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at the age of 80.

From the Daily Press - 10/01/19:

              Donald Creech Smith



NEWPORT NEWS - Donald Creech Smith, 80, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019. He was a lifelong resident of Newport News.

Donald retired as a plumbing engineer at JP Harvey Engineering Solutions in 2014 after 12 years of service.

He was a member of the Warwick Moose Lodge #1711 and attended Olivet Christian Church.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Floy Smith; his daughter, Michelle Lewis; and brothers, Gerald Smith and Terry Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Smith; his daughters, Kimberly Terry of Semora, NC and Windy Smith of Richmond Hill, GA; his sisters, Frankie Fritzle of Hampton, Jeanette Curtis of Newport News, and Jackie Watkins of West Virginia; his 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.





The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Weymouth Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Weymouth Funeral Home with Interment to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on October 1, 2019.
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September 30, 2019

My condolences to the family. Don was a good friend. Rest in peace, my friend.

~ John Harbeck, Newport News, Virginia

October 01, 2019

Ellen, Wayne and I are so saddened by this news. I will miss his jokes and his sweet nature. We love you and are praying for you and the family. I wish we could be there to celebrate his life, and to offer you love and comfort and give you a hug.

Carole and Wayne Woolard
Rio Rancho, NM

October 01, 2019
  My condolences go out to the entire family. I was so saddened by the news of your passing. Always enjoyed time spent with you and Ellen at Moose functions. R.I.P., my dear friend!

~ Susan Shorts, Gloucester, Virginia
October 01, 2019

Dear Ellen and Family,

You are in my prayers and thoughts. May God give you peace in your time of loss. My memories will be forever in my thoughts. We had some great times laughing and crying. I am sad but rejoice I will see Don again. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 God bless each of you. Grace, Peace, Love and Prayer, Janet (Food Lion)

~ Janet Lockstampfor, Ocala, Florida

October 01, 2019
You will always be remembered as one of the kindest, most caring, loyal, loving person we know, always worrying about others and putting their feelings before your own. You have been in our lives over 45 years, and those years are treasured memories never to be forgotten. Heaven has received another one of our angels to live eternally in his new home

~ Tina and Bob Henry, Birmingham, Alabama

October 01, 2019

We were saddened to hear of the news of your passing, Don Louie. I am so happy to have met you and Ellen a few years ago. You lightened our hearts whenever we saw you. You are a gentle spirit , and we will miss you dearly.

~ Sally Duhon, Newport News, Virginia

October 01, 2019

October 01, 2019

My prayers are with the Smith family. May you find peace in his memory.

~ Mia Banks, Newport News, V

October 01, 2019

~ Helen Creech

October 01, 2019

Ellen, so sorry. Don was always so much fun and had everyone laughing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Jim and Judy Hodges, Carrollton, Virginia

October 01, 2019

I can't think of my childhood without thinking of Donald. He wasn't just my cousin, he was my friend. I take comfort in knowing that he is with his family reunited for eternity. I loved him and will always remember him.

~ Ronald Creech, Flagler Beach, Florida

October 01, 2019

You and Ellen were the sweetest people that ever attended the Moose. You both were so special......

~ Elaine Fasion, Yorktown, Virginia

October 01, 2019

Ellen, I know your painful loss. Our circle is getting smaller way too fast. I cherish our lifetime friendship. Don will be missed by many, everyone loved him. Your friends are here for you, love you.

October 01, 2019
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.

~ Unsigned
October 02, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Ms. Ellen, I am here if you just need someone to talk to or cry on my shoulder. God Bless.


October 02, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ellen and the rest of the family. I will surely miss that guy's corny jokes and friendship we have shared for over thirty years. He was a member of the Coile Gang which made it all the better since we worked (and played) together. Martha and I will miss him. If there is anything you need please call. RIP, Don Luis, the Living Legend.

~ Martha and Randy Elder, Newport News, Virginia

October 02, 2019

Many happy memories of this former co-worker. He always had a smile, a hug, and a joke for everybody! You will be missed by all, but will always remain "the living legend"!

~ Ruth Jones, Newport News, Virginia

October 02, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Don was a good man and a great neighbor. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls. Please let us know if you need anything.

October 02, 2019

I knew Don not as well as many but worked with him quite a bit and enjoyed his company after hours as well. I am very sorry to hear of his death. The world has lost a very good person. I will have a good thought for him and his family.

~ Guy Townsend, Norfolk, Virginia

October 02, 2019
To all of Don's family and friends, we will all miss DON. He was good man; had a lot of fun with him at the Moose. RIP.

~ Douglas and Nannette Stickles, Shiloh, North Carolina

November 17, 2019



November 17, 2019


  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Don's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Blest Be the Tie that Binds

Words by John Fawcett (1740-1817), after 1772

Music (Dennis) by Hans Georg Nägeli (26 May 1773  - 26 Dec 1836)

1. Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

2. Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent pray'rs;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims, are one,
Our comforts and our cares.

3. We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

4. When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

"Blest Be the Tie that Binds" midi courtesy of - 08/29/12
"Blest Be the Tie that Binds" lyrics courtesy of - 08/29/12

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Moose Lodge Logo courtesy of - 11/24/08

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