David Beach Smith, Sr.

August 28, 1943 - February 13, 2024
David Beach Smith, Sr.

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David Beach Smith, Sr., 80 of Leland, left this earth and went on to his home in glory on February 13, 2024 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 28, 1943, in Brooksville, Florida, the son of the late Donald Beach Smith and Grace Pearl Souder Smith; also, was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lela Mae “Susie” of 58 years; and two sisters, Miriam Smith Hardister, Esther Smith Southerland and her husband, Freddie; two brothers, Donald Smith and his first wife, Carole Faye and Samuel Smith and his wife, Ann; a brother-in-law Jimmy Long.

David’s dedication and hard work were evident throughout his life. Retiring from the City of Wilmington Fire Department after 18 years of service, he then continued his career at Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal for 20 years. In addition to his professional endeavors, David also served as a Sexton at St. John’s Episcopal Church for 25 years, always lending a helping hand wherever it was needed.
Known for his love of singing, David’s voice could be heard in various settings – from the church choir to solo performances, weddings, and even impromptu shower sessions. His passion for music and willingness to share his talents brought joy to those around him. David did not just have a “green Thumb” he had a green hand: he enjoyed working outside in the yard and his in gardens. He was an animal lover.

David was always willing to help and give a helping hand where he was needed. He gave even if it was out of his almost empty pocket. He loved God, his family and his country.
David was a devoted and a loving father to his children: Darlene Smith Hinton and husband, Jack, Denise Smith Osward and husband, Karl and David B. Smith. His devoting role as a grandpa to his grandchildren, Ronald Milligan and wife, Angie, Clarissa Tracy, Specialist Stephen Smith- US Army, Jessica Osward, Deana Carroll and husband, Jason, Kyndall Mintz and husband, Jared and Alyssa Osward; his legacy will continue with his great-grandchildren, Logan Plaisted, Katrina Milligan, Trey Cheatham, III, Nick Plaisted, Paulie Tracy, III, Scarlett Tracy and Wesson Mintz; his legacy will carry on by his great-great-granddaughter, Lucy Argust; He was a beloved brother to his brothers and sisters, Loran Smith, Joseph Smith, Madonna Capra and Althea Smith. Also surviving are his brother-in-law’s, Darrell Hardister and Ronnie Long; three sister-in-law’s, Celia Smith, Charlotte Smith and Myrtle Long numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

In his absence, David leaves behind cherished memories and a lasting impact on all who knew him. His kind spirit, generosity, and unwavering commitment to his family, community, and country will be deeply missed.

Funeral Services will be 1:00 PM on Friday, February 23, 2024 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel, 1535 South 41st Street Wilmington by Pastor Keith and Pastor Loran Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

A time of visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

On line condolences may be sent to www.wilmingtoncares.com.

As we mourn the loss of David Beach Smith, Sr., we find solace in knowing that his legacy lives on through his loved ones, who will carry forward his values of compassion, diligence, and faith. Rest in peace, dear David, your memory will forever inspire us to be kind, humble, and ever-ready to lend a helping hand.

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 South 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910-791-9099.




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  • February 26, 2024
    Frances Cash says:
    So sorry to hear about David going to His home going. He was always smiling RIP see you and the saints we knew when Jesus come back for us.

  • February 25, 2024
    Leland "Joe" Smith says:
    I would not have you to be uninformed brothers and sisters about those who are asleep in Jesus, that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them who are asleep in Jesus, God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him. Comfort one another with these words. 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 NIV

  • February 25, 2024
    Leland "Joe" Smith says:
    Beachie knew the meaning of the word"brother". Didn't matter if you were a family brother or a brother in the family of God. He was always willing to go out of his way, or the second mile, to help you out. He bore the fruits of the(Holy Spirit). Kindness, meekness, gentleness, patience, long suffering. He was an awesome Big Brother and Friend, all his life! And I have the assurance that I will see him again in the not too distant future with all my other bloodbought relatives and Friends in heaven. And you can too if you repent of your transgressions against God's laws, accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your heart, life and soul, and establish a daily personal relationship with God the Father through His Holy Spirit by prayer and daily study of His word (the Bible).

  • February 23, 2024
    Kelly Suggs lit a candle:
    Lit since February 23, 2024 at 2:02:06 PM

  • February 20, 2024
    Pamela Smith Carrera says:
    Uncle Beachie holds a special place in my heart forever💙 His love for Aunt Susie poured from his heart and his love for God shined through his soul 💙 He and Aunt Susie were always willing to make sure you felt loved and ate good too,lol! No matter if it was opening up their home to a family reunion or Sunday after church- you were going to be loved and you were gonna eat! Some of my fondest childhood memories were at their homes. After seeing him at our Aunt Miriam’s funereal a few years back he said we’ll keep in touch more and he was a man of his word. He called me often as he did with my siblings and as I’ve heard he did with so many other family members recently. He will be missed because he was so very loved… He was one of the good ones and he’s all GODS now💙