DON C. SMITH
February 21,1905 April 4,1986
"to live in the hearts you leave behind is not to die."
by Thomas Campbell
from the Hallowed Ground
ttt MEMORIAL SERVICE tt
Wednesday, April 9, 1986
John Thomas Chapel
St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
Officiating: Rev. Julian M. Clarke
Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
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S. Tho c, V.I.
Don was the first born to Capt James H. Smith and his
wife, Clementine Varlack Smith.
He attended school on St. Thomas, finished High School at
the University H.S. of Puerto Rico and continued his studies at
the University of P.R.
Don returned to St. Thomas to teach English. He married
Elma Wolterding and out of this union ten children were born.
He went to the states in 1926 and began a career in public rela-
tions. He also worked in the banking industry as a buyer for
Lytton savings and loan.
Next he entered the Civil Rights amena. Hp believed in the
freedom and dignity of everyone, and understood the many
ways that people are oppressed. Don took an active role in the
struggle for freedom he was chairman of Los Angeles C.O.R.E.
and was public relations director of National C.O.R.E. By picket-
ing, marching and sitting-in Don used all forms of non-violent re-
sistance to overcome segregation and discrimination.
He participated in the Selma to Montegomery. March. He also
participated in the Meredith March in Mississippi and The March
on Washington. These campaigns included major civil rights
figures such as Andrew Young, James Farmer, Floyd McKissick,
Roy Innis and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other ad-
Don spoke internationally for world peace in such places as
Moscow, Leningrad and Helsinki.
After much accomplished, he returned to his native land.
Then he assumed the position of Public Information Director
in the Department of Education of the Virgin Islands. During
this period of time, he was also one of the founders, a charter
member, and a past'president of the Public Information Associa-
tion in St. Thomas.
He was a highly thought of leader in the community whose
influence was felt in areas apart from his official responsibilities.
Don Smith was a mover and a shaker! -- With a great love of
He will be remembered in the hearts of many!
Music accompanist: David Foxworth
Solos: Susan Lewis and Marie Simmons
C. Camille Smith
Edina Wolterding Davis
Donald E. Smith
Many Nieces. Nephews and other relatives and friend
sH. Smith II
AMria E. Cruz
IN'LEU OP FLOWERS,
PLEASE SEND DONATIONS TO:
Women's Resource Center
P.O. Box 7293
or c/o Knud Hansen Hospital
St. Thomas, V.I. 00801
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