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
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
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
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,
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,