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Donald "Donnie" Lee Smith

October 22, 1954 — November 19, 2023

Siler City


Donald Lee “Donnie” Smith, born on October 22, 1954, of Siler City, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on November 19, 2023. Donnie is survived by his beloved wife, Sheree Fesmire Smith, of 40 years, stepdaughter, April Brooke Stephens, and grandchildren, Sean William Blackmon and Sasha Brooke Blackmon, and his siblings, Margaret Smith Young (Phil) of Reidsville, Carolyn Smith Handley (Herb), Ronald (Margaret), Mike (Carol) and his sister-in-law, Linda Smith, all of Siler City, and Randy (Lisa) of Bear Creek. Donnie is also survived by many nephews, nieces, and grands who he loved and cherished. He also left behind his beloved friends, Ricky Graves, Dee Sirl, Judy Cobb, Bernice Stout, and Dalton Keller. Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, Heiskell Ernest (H.E.) and Kathleen Fox Smith, and his brother, Ernest Smith.

Donnie grew up watching his mother cook and bake. As a young boy, he loved playing, camping, exploring the woods and then later working the land of the Smith homeplace with his siblings. 

Donnie was a master cabinetmaker and woodworker. He began his trade building houses in Greensboro and then worked with Dixon Cabinets, Hart Cabinets and Premier Woodworking, all of Siler City. His home is full of many examples of his wonderful talents. After retiring, Donnie’s interest turned toward home where he loved to garden, bake, cook and watch his favorite Western TV shows. His fried apple pies and confectioneries were anxiously awaited and often fought over by his family each year. Donnie attended Calvary Faith Baptist Church for most of his life and more recently attended New Testament Baptist Church of Greensboro. Donnie was a kind man, a gentle soul, a family man, a man of faith who served and believed in God’s plan. A man who loved his red and white 1977 Olds 442 Cutlass. A man of few words, but a man who led by example.  He will be missed. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the children and youth program at New Testament Baptist Church, 1404 W. Vandalia Rd, Greensboro, NC 27406.

Funeral service will be Saturday, November 25th, 2023, at 2 PM, at First Baptist Church, 314 N 2nd Ave, Siler City, NC 27344 . Burial will follow at Love’s Creek Cemetery. The family will have visitation from 1-2 PM at First Baptist Church.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home will be assisting the Smith family.

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