The Obit For Gladstone Smith

Dr. Gladstone E. Smith Jr.

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch from June 30 to July 1, 2012

Smith, Dr. Gladstone E. Jr. "Smitty," of Williamsburg, formerly of Richmond, died Friday, June 29, 2012.

He was predeceased by his parents, Gladstone Smith Sr. and Maude Lester Smith of Hurley, Va., and his wife, Carolyn Lusksmith, of Galax, Va.

He is survived by his second wife, Margaret Simpson Smith; four children, Gladstone (Stone) Smith III and his wife, Patty, Kathy Golding, Sara "Sally" Burke and Patricia "Pat" Pessia and husband, Larry; six grandchildren, Summer Jacobs, Shelby Smith and Leah Smith, Courtney Burke, Trey Pigg and Jonathan Pigg; four great-grandchildren, Savannah Jacobs, Madison Jacobs, Jayden Robins and Aubrey Robins; and stepdaughter, Anna Ward.

He is also survived by his brother, Dr. James H. Smith, his wife, Mary Margaret and their children, Sarah Smith and Cindy Smith Blackburn, and many cousins.

Smitty attended Hurley High School and graduated from Fork Union Military Academy, where he played both football and baseball but excelled in baseball. He led Fork Union to the State Military Prep Baseball Championship in 1947 and 1948. He struck out 108 batters in 64 innings with a batting average of .412. He was inducted into the Fork Union Military Academy Sports Hall of Fame.

Dr. Smith graduated from Hampden-Sydney College where he played football and baseball but again excelled in baseball. His sophomore year he led The Tigers to the State Baseball Championship while maintaining a .530 batting average driving in 27 runs in 16 games and had an ERA of 1.59 with a pitching record of 7-1. One of his highlights of that season was a three hit shutout while striking out 10 in a victory over Virginia Tech. He was also inducted into the Hampden-Sydney College Sports Hall of Fame.

After his junior year at Hampden-Sydney he signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees after being offered contracts by every major league team. He spent three years playing professional baseball before going to medical school where he graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine in 1958 and later returned to M.C.V. and became a Pathologist.

He was director of the Virginia Blood Bank and pathologist for the Virginia Eye Hospital and retired after many years with Retreat Hospital where he and his partner, Dr. Mickey Hoke, were pathologist. He was a well-known and respected pathologist, a Hell of a baseball player, a humble and good man.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2012 and a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the Wellspring Methodist Church, 4871 Longhill Rd., Williamsburg, Va., 23188.

Contributions in memory of Dr. Smith can be made to: Fork Union Military Academy Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 278, Fork Union, Va., 23055, Attn: Development Office, or Wellspring Methodist Church, 4871 Longhill Rd., Williamsburg, Va., 23188, or Hospice House, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy., Williamsburg, Va., 23188.