Donald “Don” Eugene Smith, age 82 died Thursday October 31, 2013 at Kings Mountain Hospice House. Born on January 8, 1931 in Jefferson County Illinois, he was the son of the late Glen Dare and Lula Tate Smith. He served four years in the Air Force, received his B. S. from Clemson University and his E.D.S. from Appalachian State University. He was a retired education administrator at Cleveland Community College. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Shelby. He served as a deacon and was a member of the Bost Sunday School Class. He enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his family. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Smith and Irvin Smith.
Don is survived by his wife, Sue Winchester Smith; a son, Stephen Eugene Smith and wife, Jeannie of Forest City; a daughter, Suzanne Smith Ragin and husband, Jay of Clinton SC; a brother, J. Delbert Smith and wife, Nancy of Woodlawn Il; and four grandchildren, Anna Ragin, Luke Ragin, Alex Tillman, and Katie Tillman.
Celebration of life will be held on Monday November 4, 2013 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church in Shelby with Rev. Tony Tench officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the sanctuary. A private burial will be held at Cleveland Memorial Park.
The family request no flowers but that memorials be made to: First Baptist Church 120 North Lafayette Street, Shelby NC 28150 or Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150.
Cecil M Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Smith.
Guest Registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com