Stanley “Stan” Collins Smith

May 5, 1971 - January 19, 2012
Stanley “Stan” Collins Smith

Stanley Collins Smith, 40, Devoted Husband, Son, and Brother, departed this life January 19, 2012, following a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry, daughter Devon, father Donald Edward Sr., and brother, Donald Edward Jr. He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Stanley Smith, and sister Sharon Reaves Modinos.

An avid outdoorsman, Stan was happiest when surrounded by God’s Creation of nature, especially through fishing. A skilled herpetologist by avocation, he will be particularly remembered for his work rescuing and caring for reptiles of all sorts.

He is remembered by his numerous lifelong friends for his kindness, generosity, and gentle spirit. His intelligence and humor were appreciated by all who knew him. A true Southern Gentleman of the old school, another like him shall not enter our lives again. He will be truly missed.

A Memorial service will be conducted 4:00 PM Saturday January 28, 2012 at Winter Park Baptist Church. The Rev. Eric Porterfield will officiate the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to benefit any local animal shelters or organizations.

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  • January 24, 2012
    Lorraine and Hans Westermark says:
    To all of Stan's family with our deepest sympathy. Memories of our son's childhood growing up in Long Leaf Hills will always include Stan. What a team they were. So many pillow cases vanish from our linen closet to use for collecting snakes. People in the neighborhood knew what team to call if there was a snake in their yard. Hans and I learned from the Stan and Hans Mikael team to respect the reptiles and also to identify them. They are fond memories and Stan will be part of them forever.

  • January 20, 2012
    Paul McCarn says:
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We will miss you dearly Stan.

  • January 20, 2012
    Paul Parsons says:
    You were a kind soul Stan.

  • January 20, 2012
    Jason Woolwine says:
    My brother Stan, Dealy Stan, I'll miss u my friend. My happiest memories were the mid ninties on Caswell St together with our tribe. I'll see u on the other side brother, god bless.

  • January 20, 2012
    Marc Biddison says:
    My brother and friend gone too soon