In Loving Memory

Donald Stephen Smith

February 17, 1952 - May 20, 2021

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Donald Stephen Smith, 69, a native of Jamestown, NY and a resident of Fairhope, AL, passed away on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at his home.

Donald served in the U.S. Air Force from 1973 – 1979.  He worked in the oil field for more than 30 years from Alaska to Mexico and overseas.  He owned his own business contracting to Supervise Rig Moves.  Donald was a member of the American Legion and was a classic car enthusiast.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Ezra D, and Helen Johnson Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda Louise Smith; son, Sean (Becky) Palmer of Yokosuka, Japan, and daughter, Nacole Smith Benson of Jamestown, NY; grandchildren, Trinity Palmer of Yokosuka, Japan and Chase and Cole Benson of Jamestown, NY; siblings, Harold Smith and James Smith.

No services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Cancer Research Institute at https://www.cancerresearch.org/

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.

6 Comments

  1. Claire Anderson

    Nacole I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing my prayers are with you and your family. Rest in peace Mr. Smith

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  2. Patrick Macy

    Growing up around Don was a lot like having a second father. Whether you wanted one or not. But I grew to value his impact on my life as I got older. Under that tough New York bravado was a man who genuinely cared for me and wanted the best for me. He never hesitated to help in the few times I found courage to ask. He also offered to help me get my head out of my a… well it was not always in a great place when I was a kid. So, I know that too was in love. Rest In Peace my friend.

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  3. Trinity Palmer

    Growing up, I always called Donald Smith my papa. He loved me so dearly. He would play games with me, take me to amazing places, and even went to great lengths to make sure I had a good education. As I grew older, I began to pull away and take him for granted. He always told me, “You’re going to miss me when I’m gone.” I definitely will miss him not only for his generosity but also for the love and care he has shown me for the last 21 years. But I am confident that I will be with him again in heaven with Jesus.

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  4. Kathy and J.R. Ebbitt

    Meeting Don was quite the experience.. What a character with an ongoing zest for learning and questioning everything this world had to offer. We can only hope to enjoy this journey as much as he did.
    With a brilliant engineering mind and a hilarious quick wit, he was so much fun to be around.
    Once you tread lightly enough to gain his trust and respect, yes you found, through the bravado , was a kind and generous big hearted man that truly did want the best of everything for the people he chose to befriend or love.
    He could fix anything and it had to be perfect. Or he wasn’t satisfied.
    If you were around him much, you knew two things. He was a patriot that loved his country. And above all, loved his family. Becky, I have so enjoyed getting to know you while he was sick. You are amazing. And to the rest of the family, we feel like we know you all. He was so very proud of you and his love was intense.
    Linda, our hearts go out to you. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.
    Don, you enriched our lives. The community here will miss you dearly but we will never forget how you touched our lives. You were you own guy whose confidence preceded you walking into the room. It was endearing. Something to be envied.
    Rest In Peace friend and thank for all you did for me and J.R.

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  5. Buggs Valentine Ebbitt

    This man was a little dog,s best friend . Thank you for all the treats and playing with me in the backyard when you visited my Ebbitt family. The whole ice cream cone day was the best! You were so good to me. You always took time to pay a lot of attention to me and I waited for your visits. You will be dearly missed by this little pup.

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  6. Rose Fairchild Atondo

    R.I.P. Sir 🕊️
    You will be remembered 🕊️
    ~ Skipperose

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