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12/04/08 - NNHS Newsletter - David Smith

David Joseph Smith
(1946 - 02 Dec 2008)

Newport News High School Class of 1964

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this morning. 
     David Smith, Class of 1964, husband of    Brenda Todd Smith ('64) of VA, and brother of Shirley Smith Beckman, Elizabeth Smith Phaup, and Ronnie Smith, passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 in Newport News at the age of 62. 

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/03/08, 9:01 AM - "David Smith NNHS 1964": 


  Ray Staton ('64 - of VA) just informed me that
     David Smith (husband of    Brenda Todd Smith NNHS '64) passed away this morning.

Look for the obit in Thursday's DP.

  I'm so sorry to hear this, David.  Thank you for letting us know.

From the Daily Press - 12/04/08:          

         David Joseph Smith

  NEWPORT NEWS - David Joseph Smith, 62, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008.

Mr. Smith was a lifelong Newport News resident; graduating from Newport News High School in 1964.

Mr. Smith was a member of Deer Park Baptist Church. He was also a U.S. Air Force Veteran and a member of The York Rangers. He retired from Bell Atlantic as a Systems Technician after 30 years of service. After retirement, David worked for the Department of Protection Services for the Mariners' Museum.
David Joseph Smith

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alden B. and Helen B. Smith.

Mr. Smith leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of 43 years, Brenda Todd Smith; two sons, David E. Smith and wife, Loriann of York County and Steve G. Smith of Newport News; two sisters, Shirley Beckman and Elizabeth Phaup; brother, Ronnie R. Smith; two grandchildren, Amanda and Lauren Smith; numerous nieces and nephews and sisters-in-law.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Peninsula Funeral Home, officiated by the Rev. Howard Wilson. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to The Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606.

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

Published in the Daily Press from 12/4/2008 - 12/5/2008.
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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Brenda: We are so sorry for your loss, We thought so much of Dave and will miss him very much, We will keep you in our prayers. Love, Viv and Mike
—Vivian Romberger, Newport News, Virginia

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your husband and our NNHS classmate, David.

Dave Spriggs
NNHS 1964
—David Spriggs, Norfolk, Virginia Contact Me

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Brenda-- please accept my condolences.
—David Kahn, Littleton, Colorado Contact Me

Thursday, December 04, 2008

So sorry for your loss. Dave was so awesome to be around at Mariners' Museum. He truly brightened your day and he will be missed.
Al Mitchell
—Alan Mitchell, Yorktown, Virginia

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Brenda, My prayers go out to you and your family.
Mike Jeffers
—Michael Jeffers Contact Me

Thursday, December 04, 2008

I am sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in your time of need.
—Kim Bradley, Temecula, California Contact Me

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Brenda & Family, So sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
—Carolyn & Henry Fullen, Hampton, Virginia

Thursday, December 04, 2008

I'm so sorry for your loss. Dave was a smiling face when I walked into the museum each morning, and he was always ready with a joke in the afternoons. He will truly be missed.
—Allison Dressler, Newport News, Virginia

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Brenda, It seems like a long time ago when David was first in Riverside and I saw you. I'm glad you've had many years of memories that will comfort you in the coming days. I remember Dave being in the NNHS Marching Band and seemed so quiet. All the time he was planning his next joke. He was one of a kind. My prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.
—Linda L. Lane, Williamsburg, Virginia Contact Me

Friday, December 05, 2008

Brenda, I pray the LORD will comfort you at this difficult time of sadness and grief. May He wrap His arms around you and your family bringing the comfort only He can give. Please be joyful in the knowledge you will see your sweet loved one again.

Suzanne (VanNoy) Mink
Harrison, OH
—Suzanne Mink, Harrison, Ohio

Friday, December 05, 2008

Brenda & family, I am so sorry for your loss. I think of all of you often. I know the last time I saw David he had not been doing well. I am thankful for the opportunity I had to meet him. I will keep you in my prayers. May God bless you all.

Jonnie Forrest,
Mathews, Va.
---Jonnie Forrest, Mathews, Va.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Dear Brenda & Family,
We are very sorry to hear of David's passing. He was such a kind and caring friend with a great personality. He will be missed by so many people. Enjoyed working with him at the Museum. May the Lord continue to comfort you and your family.
Bill & Barbara Austin (Newport News)
—Bill & Barbara Austin, Newport News, Va.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss.
—Natalie Faison Harris, Newport News, Virginia

Friday, December 05, 2008

I know you're sad and I wish I were nearer to help you get past your hurting. You will be close in my thoughts and prayers.
Kay Gillespie, Pasadena, CA
—Kathryn Gillespie, Pasadena, California

Friday, December 05, 2008

Dear Brenda; I am not sure you will even remember me. I went to school with you and David back in the 50's. I went to Magruder Elementary and Walter Reed. Heavens, that was a lifetime ago. I did meet up with David when we worked for THE telephone Co. for many years but I wasn't close. I really didn't know he married Brenda Todd until I read his obituary on line. I am so sorry to hear of David's death and my heart goes out to you and your family. I remember you well from school but my family moved from the area in the late 50's and moved up to the Hidenwood area and I lost most contact with the old group from Newport News. I wanted to come to the memorial service but I teach water aerobics at Riverside Wellness center and I didn't have enough time to get someone to sub for me. Please accept my condolences and my prayers for you and your family .God bless you all . Judy Ware Buchanan
—Judy Ware-Buchanan, Newport News, Virginia

Friday, December 05, 2008

Hi Brenda,

I don't know if you remember me but way back when you and Judy Halsey were the Acteen leaders (or some sort of teen girl group) at Deer Park Baptist. I remember having a sleepover at your house one night. Why I remember something 30 years ago and can't remember something 3 weeks ago is beyond me.

Anyway, although I never really knew David that well, I'm so very sorry for your loss and will be thinking of you in the days ahead, especially with Christmas so close. If you have internet and would like to keep in touch, that'd be great. I'm also on Facebook.

Love and prayers,
—Darlene (Brooks) Frederick, Clinton, Michigan

Friday, December 05, 2008

Dear Brenda and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of David's passing. We're sure everyone will miss that smile on his face and his great personality. He was a lot of fun to be around. If we can do anything for you, please let us know. Love and Prayers,
Bill & Barbara Austin
—Bill Austin

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Dearest Brenda,
Jim and I are so saddened to learn of the passing of David. He was a wonderful guy, and you were a wonderful couple. He will be missed by so many who loved him. Please know you are in our hearts and prayers.

Melody and Jimmy DeBerry
—Melody & Jim DeBerry, Newport News, Virginia

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Brenda, I pray God gives you strength during this very sad time. 43 years provide so many memories which I hope will give you much comfort in the days ahead.

My prayers are with you and your family.

Cookie Tyndall
—Cookie Tyndall, Seaford, Virginia Contact Me



   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Brenda and the entire Smith family and their friends at this difficult time.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





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