Dewey Smith, 74

Born: Tue., Nov. 14, 1944
Died: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019


Graveside Service

3:00 PM Fri., Jan. 11, 2019
Location: Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery


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Dewey Smith
November 14, 1944 – January 9, 2019
Many descriptive words come to mind when talking about Dewey; simple, humble, kind, generous, peacemaker, man of character, honorable, dependable, provider, hard worker, gentle, spoke kindly of others, loving, and fun. None of these words standing alone do justice to who he was as a person. He was devoted to his family, country, and community.
Dewey the 'husband' married Libby Houser in 1965 and they have been married 53 years. He was blessed with the devotion of his wife all these years and especially this last year as he struggled through his illness.
Dewey the 'father' loved his son Darin very much. He taught Darin the value of hard work, the importance of integrity, and illustrated how to be a man of character.
Dewey was a simple man and he lived simply. He was not concerned with accumulating wealth or material things. His focus was to take care of his wife and family, and to help his friends and neighbors.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed God’s creation. That’s where he communed with God and relaxed even when he was working. Put him on a tractor or bulldozer and he was a happy man. Dewey loved to work and had a reputation for hard work. He was a great provider for his family. He even quit school at an early age so he could go to work and help his mother provide for his brothers and sister.
Dewey sacrificed his formal education to help provide for his siblings but he didn’t lack knowledge. He had many skills including mechanics, grading and landscaping, sawmill operation, logging, operating heavy equipment, etc. It was evident to us, family as well as friends, that he was smart and was a problem solver. If it was broke he could fix it.  
The Bible tells us in Leviticus 19:18 …but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self. (KJV) Dewey demonstrated his love for his neighbors throughout the community and would eagerly lend a helping hand to those in need.
Dewey is an Army Veteran who served in Viet Nam. His time in service was not something he liked to talk about.
Dewey was a peacemaker. He disliked arguing, family quarrels, abuse, or to see harm come to others or any living thing. He did not speak unkindly of others and always looked for the good in people even when they were unkind. He would say; “you never know what that person may be going through”.
Dewey was also a humble man. He didn’t want recognition for anything good he had done or to be the center of attention. He was a man who lived his faith rather than talk about it.
Dewey loved to laugh and had a great sense of humor. He made us all laugh with his colloquial sayings but there was usually a grain of wisdom in his words.
Dewey will be missed dearly by his family, friends, and neighbors but we know he is safe in the hands of his loving Father. After a year of health struggles he is now at peace.
Dewey was a US Army Vietnam Veteran and a member of Fairview Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Libby" Houser Smith; his son Darin Edward Smith and wife Kiyini of Golden Valley; his sister, Doris Elliott of Mill Spring; his brothers, J.B., Clay, Harold and Morris, all of Golden Valley; a half sister, Corene McDaniel of Rutherfordton; and his granddaughter, Makayla Yarbrough.
A Graveside Service will be conducted at 3:00 pm Friday, January 11, 2019 at Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery. Chaplain Colonel Max Burgin will officiate. Pallbearers are Arthur Smith, Chris Smith, Jon Smith, Terry Self, Justin Colby Smith, and Bryson Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fairview Baptist Church, 4350 NC Hwy 226, Bostic, NC 28018.
Washburn & Dorsey is in charge of arrangements.

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Brittany Graham (Great Niece)
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
To Aunt Libby, Darin, Kiyini, and Family,

We are so sorry about the loss of Uncle Dewey! You all will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. He truly was a blessing to us and will forever be remembered in our hearts. If you need us for anything, we are here for you. We love you all!

With Sympathy,

Tommy & Julie
Rusty, Brittany, & Julieanna

ellen and elbert hudson hudson
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
Dewey's Obituary was a wonderful description of his life. I have never heard a person say a word about Dewey except GOOD. He was a person to remember and pattern your life after.
He will surely be missed by neighbors and people he came in contact with. Prayers for Libby and family.

Janie (Smith) Burleson (Niece)
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
Aunt Libby, Darin, Kiyini, and Family,

Uncle Dewey was very special to us and we will miss him! We are so sorry for your loss and we love you. If you need anything, let us know.

Love,
Brit and Janie

Sarah Harrison
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
To all of Dewey's family:

I am so very sorry for your loss. You only had to be around Dewey for a very short time to see what a wonderful person he was. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Sarah

Debbie Self Martin & Chris Martin
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
Dear Sweet Libby,
I am so very sorry for your loss! I can't imagine how much your heart hurts at this time. I pray for comfort and peace that only our God can give at a time like this and in the many days to come. We love you!! Chris & Debbie

Joy S. Baldwin
   Posted Thu January 10, 2019
Libby, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. I love you sweet lady.

Kevin Doris Towery and family
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
Hey Libby and Darren, y’all are in our thoughts and prayers. Dewey was a great man, someone who was easy to be around and, one person said I’ve never heard anything negative about Dewey and I agree. We are so sorry for you loss. Just be encouraged, and I know y’all know, this life isn’t the end, Christ conquered death, hell, and the grave. You will see him again and he and you will be perfect. Praise God let us know if we can ever help with anything.
Kevin and Doris Towery

Juna Robinson
   Posted Mon January 14, 2019
Libby and family,
I am sad to hear of the loss of Dewey. Growing up and our summer vacations with all of the Smith fellas provided great memories. I believe Dewey, Hazel (my mom) and Aunt Geneva are having a great conversation. Libby your one of a kind....

Love to all
Juna Robinson

Brooke Hoyle
   Posted Wed January 16, 2019
Mama Libby, Im so sorry for your loss.. We all loved Papa Dewey. He is in such a better place now.. We love you as well, we are all here for you in your time of need! Love The Hoyle family

David and Ana Highley
   Posted Tue March 26, 2019
We were so sad to miss Dewey's service as we were out of state. Dewey was one of the first Golden Valley residents that we met and the first person to work on our property. The obituary speaks forthright of Dewey and how we remember him. He was so kind to our family and taught us so much about the land and community. We often called him the Golden Valley Philosopher...as he had a lot of practical wisdom to share, and we are most grateful he shared some our family.

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