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Daniel Smith

Daniel Joseph Smith III

Tuesday, May 5th, 1959 - Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
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Obituary

Daniel Joseph Smith, III, “Big Dan,” passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at Lewis-Gale Medical Center, in Salem.
He was born on May 5, 1959, in Indiana, to the late Daniel Joseph, II, and Clarise Pauline Mannis Smith. Anyone who knew Dan knew of the extremely good work ethic he possesed. From laboring long hours on the oil rigs in Texas for a number of years, to moving to Salem and beginning a 22 year commitment to Timber Truss, as their lead truss man, and then to Graham Construction, where he was also was no stranger to long hours. He understood the value of hard work and his life was exemplary of it. During the little downtime he had, Dan enjoyed watching his beloved Redskins play, along with his son, Adam, by his side. He also shared his son’s love for music and having a good time, and you certainly knew were you stood with him, as he was honest and to the point. Adam described his dad best, as a loving father and friend who gave great hugs, and a man known to be proud of his family.

In addition to his parents, Dan was preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Martha Sue Williams Smith; and his brother, David.

Family remaining to cherish his memory includes his son, Joseph Adam Smith, and fiancé, Annie; daughter, Erin Nicole Clingenpeel, and boyfriend, Corey; sister, Nancy Turner; nephew, Eric Turner; faithful dog, Lola; and numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 15, 2020, from 1 until 3 p.m., at John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, in Salem.
A celebration of Dan’s life will be conducted on Sunday, at 3 p.m., following visitation, in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Dan Carawan officiating.

Expressions of sympathy may be expressed by visiting www.johnmoakey.com

A celebration of Dan’s life will be conducted on Sunday, at 3 p.m., following visitation, in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Dan Carawan officiating.

Expressions of sympathy may be expressed by visiting www.johnmoakey.com

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 15th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    When
    Sunday, November 15th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    Address
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Sunday, November 15th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    When
    Sunday, November 15th, 2020 3:00pm
    Location
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    Address
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Donna Martin

Posted at 09:02pm
The best guy I ever knew in my life...kind and caring for all he ever knew, Rest in peace my dear with your loving wife Martha. You will be forever loved and missed in our lives always, you were an angel sent from above to so many. Love and miss you dearly my friend .
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Bethany Evans & Logan Doughty

Posted at 08:58am
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we love deeply becomes a part of us. Big Dan will always be a part of us.
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Gretta Hughes-Kingery

Posted at 04:58pm
No longer may he be here
To do the day to day

Just know he sits beside her, in a peaceful, loving gaze

Their spirits run freely here, you will find them in different ways

They will send you signs they are with you, guiding you each and every day

The journey will not be easy but they will pave a path
Walk with you down that road, loving you til the last

The minute I met Dan, it was like I had known him for years. He was a free spirit with a heart of gold. I loved hearing him talk about his wife, his children and most of all, seeing him enjoy himself on the dance floor.
Sending all his family and friends lots of love, peace and comfort.
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