Donald Lee Smith


Donald Lee Smith was born on 03 Feb 1931 in Merna, Custer, Nebraska, USA a child of Ralph Smith and Ardis Nettie Huebner Smith.


Donald Smith was counted in the census on 09 Apr 1940 in Sargent, Custer, Nebraska, USA, as a 9-year-old, male, single, white, son. Also in the home was his father Ralph O Smith; his mother, Ardis Smith; and siblings, Robert R Smith, Eugene Smith, Betty Lou Smith and Leroy Smith.


When he was 17, he married Irene Mae Synder on 28 Apr 1948 in Broken Bow, Custer, Nebraska, USA. 


 When he was 21, he married Alpha Geraldine Ballard on 28 Aug 1952 in St Cloud, Osceola, Florida, USA.

“Florida Marriages, 1830-1993,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 July 2019), Osceola County > Marriage licenses, 1946-1953, vol K-L > image 392 of 427; citing multiple County Clerks of Court, Florida.


On May 19, 1991, Donald L Smith was listed as the living husband in the obituary of Alpha Geralidine Smith.


On April 28, 2005, Donald Smith was listed as a former husband in the obituary of Irene Mae Smith.


On November 21, 2007, Donald Smith was listed as the living brother in the obituary of Stanley Leroy Smith.


He died on 25 Jan 2008 in Lugoff, Kershaw, South Carolina, USA. He was buried on 27 Jan 2008 in St Cloud, Osceola, Florida, USA at Mount Peace Cemetery.

Obituary of Donald Lee Smith

LUGOFF – Funeral service for Donald Lee Smith Sr.,76, will be held Sunday at 6 pm at Harvest Baptist Church. Rev. Bill Dulaney will officiate. Pallbearers will be Don Jarvis, Billy Zissitt, Travis Hinson, Jim Major, Don Sellers, Grady Small. The family will receive friends Sunday 5 to 6 p.m. prior to the service at the church. A funeral service with military honors will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Bible Baptist Church in Kissimmee, Fla., with burial in Mount Peace Cemetery, St. Cloud, Fla. Memorials may be made to Palmetto Hospice or Harvest Baptist/Missions.

Mr. Smith, husband of the late Alpha Geraldine Davis Smith, died Friday, January 25, 2008. Born in Merna, Neb., he was a son of the late Ralph Smith and Artis Smith. He retired from the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He received National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and a Purple Heart.

Mr. Smith retired from the Florida flood control. He enjoyed working in the church, woodworking, and motorcycle riding. He was a member of Harvest Baptist Church.

Surviving are his children; Ronald Smith of St. Cloud, Fla., Donald Smith Jr. and his wife, Margaret A. “Maggie” of St. Cloud, Fla., and Donna Sanborn and her husband, Gene of Salina, Kan.; fiancée, Barbara Rabon; brothers, Bob Smith of St. Cloud, Fla., Eugene Smith of Great Falls, Mont.; sister, Betty Oneal of Davenport, Fla.; 19grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Donald Lee Smith, Sr.

Donald Lee Smith, Sr. 76, of Lugoff, at 6 p.m. at Harvest Baptist Church. Powers Funeral Home is in charge.

January 26, 2008  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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January 27, 2008  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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Mount Peace Cemetery
Saint Cloud, Osceola County, Florida, USA
Photo added by Ken Oakley

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