Stacy Dodge Smith

January 12, 1947 - March 10, 2009
Stacy Dodge Smith

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Stacy Dodge Smith of Hampstead went to be with her Heavenly Father on March 10, 2009 after an extended illness. She was born on January 12, 1947 to a family rich in Christian faith and service. She was the daughter of Dr. Henry Haskins Dodge and Emily Katherine Hill Dodge of Chester, Virginia. Stacy is survived by her mother; her husband, Lorenzo Dow Smith (L.D.) of Hampstead; daughters, Emily Katherine Smith Payseur, husband Jonathan Michael Payseur of Chapel Hill, NC and Norma Ann Smith of Greenville, NC. She is also survived by one sister, Emily Katherine Dodge Mansfield and her husband, James Fredrick Mansfield; nephew Captain George Hughes Beckwith, Jr and wife Anna Barrios Beckwith; and nephew Dr. Henry Dodge Beckwith.

Stacy graduated from Longwood University in Farmville, VA in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She earned her National Board Certification in Teaching in 2000. She taught in elementary schools in Virginia and North Carolina from 1969 to 2007. She was chosen Teacher of the Year three times during her career and was a finalist for North Carolina Gifted Teacher of the Year in 2004. During her years in Pender County (1975-2007) she taught first, second, and fourth grades, as well as gifted education at North Topsail Elementary, South Topsail Elementary and Rocky Point Primary schools. Stacy was a devoted charter member of the “Society for the Preservation of Sanity”, a group of educators who are more sisters than friends.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hampstead where she served as Senior Warden. Her heart was with the Cursillo movement, where she served as Lay Rector for Cursillo Number 71 in the Diocese of Eastern North Carolina.

Stacy Dodge Smith was a keeper of the light. Its source, her Creator. The light could not be contained, but spilled onto her two beautiful daughters and devoted husband. It radiates from the countless students whose lives she touched. It shines from all those who have been blessed by knowing and loving her. The light still shines.

A Celebration of her Life will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, March 14th, 2009 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at Hampstead, NC with Reverend Pam Stringer officiating. Memorials may be sent to Heifer International to help end world hunger ( or Cursillo of East Carolina,% Carol Orr, PO Box 4509, Mobius Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28312.

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  • March 14, 2009
    Deborah Hanratty and Don Pekofsky says:
    Dear LD and family having just lost my mother less than 6 weeks ago, my heart goes out to all of you. Life, as you know it, will never be the same. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Don and Debbie

  • March 14, 2009
    Jeanne Bua says:
    Dear LD, Frank and I remember fondly the part that your girls, with the encouragemnt of Stacy, played in Tracy and Anthony's wedding 11 years ago. Please be assured that you and your family will have our prayers during this difficult time. Love, Jeanne and Frank Bua

  • March 14, 2009
    John and Lou Wilson says:
    Stacy was an outstanding teacher, a loyal friend and a woman so proud of her famuil it would bring tears to your eyes!

  • March 14, 2009
    Valerie Dally says:
    LD & Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I am glad to know she is in a better place, free from pain and sickness while her spirit is with you always. Take Care - Valerie (Veronica)

  • March 14, 2009
    Helen and Mike Morgan says:
    We just read of Stacy's death and wanted to tell her family how sorry we are for their loss. She was such a special and gifted lady with so much courage and strength. She will be greatly missed by many people and hundreds of children.