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Steven Smith

Steven Smith

Thursday, January 29th, 1948 - Saturday, January 16th, 2021
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Obituary

Steven Tyler Smith went peacefully to be with the Lord on January 16, 2021. He was born in Dayton, Ohio on January 29, 1948 to Morris M. and Dorothy C. Smith, who preceded him in death. Steve served 4 years in the Navy stationed at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station and spent some time in Vietnam during that time. After discharge from the Navy, he obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of North Florida and then completed his education with a Masters’ Degree in education from Virginia Tech. He was known as an avid fan of the Virginia Tech football team. He eventually moved to Roanoke to pursue his career. His greatest love and passion was his career with the American Red Cross, so much so, that after retirement he continued his work through many volunteer hours. He shared many stories of his work there and was proud to be a part of such a great organization. Service to others was a large part of Steve’s life. He was a faithful servant at the Church of the Holy Spirit and described as their “best” volunteer. It was said, “he volunteered for everything and whatever we needed.”

He is survived by a brother, Philip Smith of Decatur, Ga., a daughter Leahna Smith of the United Kingdom, daughter Lubov (Luba) Smith of Roanoke, Va., 3 grandchildren, Elysis Smith, Charlie Brundle, Sara Smith, and long time and most cherished friend, Debbie Chick Smith. Steve was considered a friend to all! “One of his favorite pastimes was visiting his dear friends at Goodwill.” He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service, celebrating his life, is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Merriman Rd., Roanoke, VA on Saturday, January 23, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Red Cross in his memory. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.oakeys.com. Arrangements are by Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel (540-982-2100).
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Mary Fochtman

Posted at 01:13pm
Steve was an inspiration as a leader and volunteer. He set the bar high for all of us to reach for. I will even miss his occasional grumpy fests.
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Jamie Herbek

Posted at 10:55am
My heart is heavy as I remember times 40 years ago of my friend Steve Smith. I was blessed to meet Steve while working at the RV Psych Center in Salem, Virginia. Steve was the first on board to be in on surprise gatherings, play in a volleyball league, or a night skiing trip with work buddies to Wintergreen. The picture is on the bus for the trip in March 1979. For some reason, he allowed me to cut his hair, but now suspect it was his way of just time to chat and catch up. Steve also was there to take the pictures of my wedding in 1983 and present as his gift. Very professionally done and so appreciated. He seemed to be there to thoughtfully meet a need you hadn't even realized. Steve just knew how best to be a friend to all who crossed his path. God took our lives in different directions and we lost touch. I am so thankful for the gift and time of friendship that God blessed me with. Debbie and family, I know the loss you feel now, but be lifted up in the peace and comfort our Savior Jesus brings, as Steve stands in His presence for all eternity! You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.
Jamie Slaughter Herbek
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Debbie Weems

Posted at 12:51pm
My sincerest condolences to Debbie and the girls (and grandchildren). I worked at Red Cross with Steve for many years and on many projects. He loved Red Cross and probably put in the most volunteer hours (if he even documented them!) of any volunteer there! He will be greatly missed!!
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