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James Charlie Smith

Posted By Hall-Wynne On June 19, 2019 @ 3:59 pm In Durham,News,Obituaries | 4 Comments

In Memorial

James Charles Smith died on June 15, 2019, at the Croasdaile Retirement Village Pavilion at the age 89. He left behind his wife of almost 62 years who was by his side to the end, and his last words were, “I wish you were coming with me.”

Charlie was born in Wilmington, NC on November 20, 1929. After high school, he attended Duke University on a football scholarship. He continued to be a supporter of Duke athletics and a member of the Iron Dukes. After graduation, he met his future wife “Brownie” through a mutual friend. He accepted a job in Roanoke, VA where they lived there for 5 years before moving to Durham in 1962.  He was a partner with Eaves Insurance until he retired.

Charlie was predeceased by his parents Henry and Emma Smith; brothers, Norwood and Henry, and sister Myra West. He is survived by his wife, Annie “Brownie” McClelland Smith of Durham; nephews, Lee West of Sanford, NC and Charles West of Wilmington, NC, and niece Beth Brinson of Kenansville, NC.

A private inurnment will be at Duke Memorial UMC columbarium.

The family wishes for memorial contributions to be made in his honor to the Duke Athletic Fund. Go to: https://www.gifts.duke.edu/irondukes.


Condolences for the family of “James Charlie Smith”

Condolence from Don Mathis on June 19th, 2019 8:41 pm

Brownie. Just heard about Charlie. Want you to know that we are thinking of your and wishing you the best. would have loved to come by for a visit if we had known.

Condolence from Ellen Young on June 21st, 2019 7:51 am

I was so sad when I heard about Charlie, he was enjoyable to talk to when I call him about his dentist appointment, he always had a way to make me smile. Please know Annie you are in my prayers and thoughts, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Ellen Young

Condolence from Cathy Hall on June 21st, 2019 2:04 pm

Thoughts and prayers are with you Brownie.

Condolence from Gavin Jeffs on July 6th, 2019 11:56 am

Mrs. Smith,
I am sorry to hear of Mr. Smith’s passing. I was thinking of the two of you this past week when I drove down to Chapel Hill to visit my parents. I remember Mr . Smith as a wonderful man and he played a very positive role on me as a young man and I do think of him often. I know you will miss him as will I. God bless
Gavin Jeffs

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