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1939 1987
Creque's Funeral Home
10:0 a.m. 1:30 p.m.
ts. Peter and Paul (atledral
2:Dl p.m.
Western Cemetery No. 1
St. tljomas, U.S. Virgin 3Jands
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Surrui or
Viola E. Smith
Elma D. Smith
Andre Previn Smith
Lurleen Smith
Lisa Smith
Wilbur A. Smith, Elroy A. Smith, Milton A. Smith
Byron D. Smith. Dwayne Smith, Kelvin Smith
Eloise Smith-Lenhardt, Janine Smith, Tanis Smith-Nelson,
Judith Smith-Rudolph, Eve Smith, Abigail Smith-Richardson,
Carol Smith, Linda Smith
Reginald G. Davis
Carlos F. Smith, Dr. Milton H. Davis
Winifred Bolds, Berecia Callendar, Wanda Donovan,
Clarice Edlam, Ena Ramsay
Geraldine Calistro
Lavida Creque
Rudolph E. Krigger, Alvin Powell, Roy Vanterpool
Alicia Powell, Elmira Smith, Molly Smith
Other Relatives and Friends

I I I I | I I I i I i I n ..

August 13, 1939 May 2, 1987

S ilburn Alexander Smith, Jr. was bom on St. Thomas on Au.
gust 13, 1939. He was the first child of Wilburn and Elma
Davis Smith, and became affectionately known as "Junie" to relatives
and close friends.
Wilbum grew up in the Savan area of St. Thomas in a neighborhood
that provided so much inspiration and motivation that "Junie" and many
of his boyhood friends would later compile an outstanding record of edu-
cational achievement. Wilbum's love for Savan and pride in its heritage
continued throughout his life.
Wilbum attended the Lucinda Millin Elementary School and the
Charlotte Amalie High School, where he was a member of the Class of
1956. After graduating from high school, he attended college on the
mainland. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial educa-
tion from Alabama A & M College in 1960.
On his return to St. Thomas, Wilburn embarked on a career in public
education that would span almost 27 years. He began by teaching
industrial arts at his alma mater from 1960 to 1963. lie decided to
engage in further study and received a Master of Education degree from
Iowa State University in 1965. On returning home, he served as Assist-
ant Coordinator, then Coordinator, for Vocational-Technical Education
in the Department of Education. In 1967, he was promoted to the
Territorial Directorship of Vocational-Technical Education.
Desirous of preparing himself to make even greater contributions,
Wilbum again resumed studying and earned a Doctor of Education
degree from Rutgers University in 1979. Later in that year he was
appointed to the Assistant Commissionershin of the Department of
Education, and held that position until his untimely death.
Dr. Smith was a consummate professional. He believed that the future
of these islands is dependent on the quality of education provided to the
young, and his career was devoted to effecting improvement in our
educational system. His professional contributions were recognized by
such honors as his selection to "Who's Who in the West Indies, Bahamas,
and Bermuda, 1973," membership on the Middle States accreditation
team that evaluated St. Croix Central High School in 1973, membership
(the only American citizen) on the survey team on education in the
British Virgin Islands in 1976, and his appointment to the V.I. Public
Employees Relations Board.
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Other professional affiliations of Dr. Smith included Phi Delta Kappa
(the Fraternity for Educational Research), Epsilon P. Tau (Fraternity in
Industrial Arts and Industrial Vocational Education), the Virgin Islands
Vocational Educational Association, the National Association of State
Directors of Vocational Education, and the Council of Chief State
School Officers. His commitment to the interests of education was total.
Wilbum Smith's social concern and civic-mindedness were dem.
onstrated in many ways. He was active in various political, civic, and
social groups. His membership in such organizations included Phi Beta
Sigma Fraternity, and the Dukes Club, Inc.
Personally, Wilburn was a prince among men. He was kind, consider-
ate, friendly, and good-natured, with a contagious joviality and laughter.
He was a true and loyal friend, as his classmates, co-workers, fellow
musicians, and many other friends can attest. Music, for example, was
one of his passions, and he had played in both steelbands and brass bands
since his high school days. These included the Shooting Stars Steelband,
the High School orchestra, The Modern Moods, the Hugh Smith Trio, the
LaMotta Brothers, and the Smith Brothers Trio, which he headed. On
the day that Wilburn was called to his eternal home, he was carrying out
a tradition of playing on Carnival Saturday with Milo and the Kings. We
can find comfort in the knowledge that his last hours were very pleasur-
able ones for him.
As a family man, Wiburn was equally outstanding. He treasured his
relationships with his many relatives. lie was a loving grandson and son.
In what at times appeared to be a reversal of roles, he treated his mother
with a fatherly devotion. His affection and great regard for his father
were expressed in the eloquent eulogy he rendered at the funeral of his
father, who preceded him in death by only six weeks on March 15,
The family that Wilbum himself created is a close and happy one.
He married Viola (nee Calistro) on October 15, 1960. Viola and their
three children Andre Previn. Lurleen, and Lisa received his love
and attention in full measure. To have spent even ten minutes in an in-
formal setting with Wilburn and "Chookie," his pet name for Viola,
was to witness the happiness and banter of a truly loving relationship.
On Saturday, May 2, 1987, God chose to call Wilburn to eternal
rest. We are left wondering why so soon, why so suddenly, and why in
the midst of such festiveness? But our Almighty Creator, who endowed
Wilburn with a life of love, concern, compassion, and achievement,
knows why and knows best beyond our ability to comprehend. We
are left to carry on to celebrate in our memories and emulate in our
deeds the joys and goals of Wilburn's life, and to live in the faith of
meeting with him one day in a reunion that will have no end.

n i ,, .. ....

Order of Senrice
Father Jerome Moody, Father Elliott G. Thomas
Rev. Dr. Robert R. Neubauer, Rev. Lawrence A. Miller, Jr.
Rev. Milton H. Davis
Organist... Faye Moon
ENTRANCE HYMN .................... How Great Thou Art
TRIBUTE .......................... Edith Ramsey Johnson
TRIBUTE .............................. Yvonne Bowsky
OFFERTORY HYMN ............. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
SIGN OF PEACE ................. Let There Be Peace on Earth
COMMUNION HYMN .............. What Can My Jesus Do More
SOLO ................................... Anna Soldiew
EULOGY ................................. Erma Sewer
RECESSIONAL HYMN ............... Alleluial The Strife Is O'er

Wilbur A. Smith, Elroy A. Smith, Andre P. Smith
Milton A. Smith, Byron D. Smith, Kelvin Smith
Dr. Aubrey Roebuck, Jose Peters
Sonorary Paltearers
Randolph Krigger, Roy Vanterpool, Milton Frett
Lawrence Benjamin, Zedekiah Jennings, Monroe Farrington
Calvin Wheatley, Louis Greaux, LUston Powell
Raphael Wheatley, Milton A. Davis, Jr., Joseph Ramsey

Final Blessing at Graveside ... Rev. Milton H. Davis


N irom the depths of my poor broken heart, I express faintly my over-
whelming sorrow and unspeakable anguish. Not I alone have lost
everything in him, my beloved grandson but also, his mother, his family,
and all who knew him have suffered an irreparable loss occasioned by his
sudden passing.
May God give us divine strength to bear this heaviest of crosses which
He has seen fit to lay upon us. His will be done.
I shall never forget that familiar tone in his voice whenever he said
"Papa" or "Mama," referring to his grandmother. I know that her spirit
joins with us in this expression of our deepest sorrow.
Let us then bow in humble resignation to the inscrutable will of God
while we anticipate the day of fulfillment of the blessed assurance that we
shall see our beloved Wilburn again.
Reginald Davis

|UNIE: You gave us satisfaction: we gave you love; you left a
beautiful memory; a sorrow too great to be told. But to us who
lost you, your memory will never grow old. Rest in Peace.
Papa, Mother,
Will, Roy, Elly, and Jay

leep on, beloved, sleep on, and take thy rest.
Lay down thy head upon thy Savior's breast
We love thee well, but Jesus loves thee best
Good night, good night, good night.

Calm is your slumber as an infant sleeps,
But thou shalt wake no more to toil or weep
Thine is a perfect rest, secure and deep
Good night, good night, good night.

Until the Easter glory lights the skies,
Until the dead in Jesus shall arise,
And He shall come, but not in lowly guise,
Good night, good night, good night.

Until made beautiful by love divine,
Thou in the likeness of thy Lord shall shine
And lie shall bring that golden crown of thine
Good night, good night, good night.

Only good night, beloved, not farewell.
A little while, and all His saints shall dwell
In hollowed union, indivisible
Good night, good night, good night.

Until we meet again before His throne,
Clothed in the spotless robe He gives his own,
Until we know even as we are now
Good night, good night, good night.

Sleep on, Wilbum, we love you.

Your Aunties Bee,
Clarice, and Wanda


nu t rhut ...
Government House
Charlotte Amalle, St. Thomas. U.S. Virgin Islands
Swas shocked, as was the entire Virgin Islands community, to learn
Sof the untimely passing of Assistant Education Commissioner, Dr.
Wilburn A. Smith, Jr.
For the past eight years, Dr. Smith served with distinction as Assistant
Commissioner of Education using his broad experience, time and talent
toward the building of a better, more wholesome community. He spent
27 years with the Department of Education, his initial position being that
of an industrial arts teacher.
Dr. Smith will also be remembered for his musical contributions to our
carnival activities. Year after year, you could count on his playing a
percussion instrument with Milo and the Kings.
Dr. Smith was noted for his avid support of our local softball, baseball
and basketball teams. He was a skilled and active baseball and softball
player who spent many years playing with the Dukes Cub of St. Thomas.
While we share the heart-rending sorrow with his beloved family, we
can take comfort in knowing that his unselfish dedication and years of
diligent service to this community will serve as an inspiration and example
to all of us for untold years to come.
I offer my deepest sympathy to his widow and family members.
-Alexander A. Farrelly
United States Virgin Islands

Office of Lt. Governor
SCharlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
y family and I extend our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family
of Dr. Wilburn Smith and assure them of our prayers and support
during their bereavement.
As we mourn his passing, let us be mindful of the legacy he left us.
Dr. Wilburn Smith was a man of vision, a man committed to the continued
quest for excellence, who believed that no task was insurmountable.
In order to insure that his quest was not in vain, let us commit ourselves
to the idea that excellence is indeed achievable. May he Rest in Peace.
-Derek M. Hodge
Lieutenant Governor
United States Virgin Islands

Capitol Building
SCharlotte Amadie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
n behalf of the members of the Seventeenth Legislature, it is with
the deepest sorrow that I now extend my sympathy and condolences
to the family, friends and acquaintances upon the passing of Assistant
Commissioner of Education, Dr. Wilbum A. Smith, Jr.
The legislature, my family and my staff join the Smith family in mourn-
ing the untimely death of this outstanding Virgin Islander, son, husband,
and father.
Beyond any doubt, Dr. Smith dedicated his life to the pursuit of
excellence. To those of us who knew him socially as well as professional-
ly, he exemplified the best qualities of mankind. Indeed, he was a giant of
a man who craved excellence, not only of himself, but of those around
him. In addition, he was a humble and ordinary man who held "court"
almost every afternoon after work on Seventh Day Adventist Street with
his friends.
Dr. Smith will not only be a loss to his family and friends, but also a
tremendous loss to the Virgin Islands community. In one way or another
he touched all of us, and having touched us, the principles he espoused
will live on:
But the fruit of spirit is life, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, meekness, temperance: against such there is
not law. (Galatians 5:22-26)
The true essence of Dr. Smith will live on through his family and
friends. May he rest in peace.
Senator Iver A. Stridiron
Seventeenth Legislature of the Virgin Islands

r Virgin Islands Board of Education
he members and staff of the Virgin Islands Board of Education
express their deep regret on the untimely passing of Dr. Wilbum
A. Smith, Jr., our Assistant Commissioner of Education.
Dr. Smith has been a loyal and competent administrator in the Depart-
ment of Education for over two decades. Under his guidance, the cause
and programs of vocational education have advanced steadily over the
years. lie served with distinction in many other areas.
He showed a full understanding of the concerns of the Board of Edu-
cation and dealt with us in frankness and with objectivity.
We join the entire community in mourning the loss of an outstanding
native son. We extend to his family, our deepest and sincere condolences.
Kwame Garcia
Virgin Islands Board of Education

Office of the President
SUniversity of the Virgin Islands
write to express my sympathy upon the untimely death of your
husband and father, Dr. Wilbum A. Smith, Jr. Dr. Smith and I
were associated for many, many years, first in the pursuit of the expan-
sion of vocational education in our islands, and later in our attempts to
make available to our people the best in secondary and post-secondary
education. It was as recently as last week that we discussed a possible
resolution of an educational problem which is confronting our people.
He is at rest now, and it is up to all of us, his associates, to persevere
in the principles about which he felt so strongly.
I trust that in your bereavement you would rely on a greater power to
be your comforter.
be your comforter. Arthur A. Richards
University of the Virgin Islands

Office of the Commissioner
4 Department ofEducation
n behalf of the Department of Education, I extend my deepest
sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your hus-
band, Dr. Wilburn Smith, Jr.
The untimely passing of Dr. Smith has brought a deep sadness and a
profound sense of loss to all of us in the department. Our sorrow is
eased only by the deep sense of pride in his life of service, his fine
character and, his many achievements.
Dr. Smith was a dedicated, and efficient public servant who pro-
vided an invaluable service to the government and the people of the
Virgin Islands, especially the students in our public schools.
He was a man of integrity, honesty and firm convictions but above
all else, he was a friend. Remembering his fine traits will inspire us to rise
to the challenge that lies ahead and help us continue the work he began.
Please take comfort in the realization that his life of service has made
the Virgin Islands a better place for all of us.
-Linda Ceque, PhiD.
Commissioner of Education

AV Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
J n the passing of Dr. Wilburn A. Smith, Jr., the Virgin Islands has
ow, lost one of its most outstanding citizens and public servants. The
educational system of the Territory, in particular, has lost a dedicated
and insightful educator and administrator.
Wilburn Smith loved the Virgin Islands with an ardent passion and
longed to see its people attain their rightful place in the sun. He was a
true Virgin Islander.
His family, colleagues and friends can take comfort in the fact that
he made a real contribution to the mission of making these Virgin
Islands a better place in which to live.
May God sustain his family and those closest and dearest to him
during this period of bereavement. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
-Dr. Charles W. Turnbull
Former Commissioner of Education

am shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden death of my
friend and former colleague, Dr. Wilburn Smith, Assistant Com-
missioner of Education for the United States Virgin Islands.
Shortly after my appointment as Commissioner. I came to know
Wilburn as a dedicated and able leader in the field of Vocational and
Technical Eucation nationally, and as an educator with a dream and the
know-how to build a first rate Vocational Education Program for the
U.S. Virgin Islands. The program today is a testimony to his dedication,
talents, unsparing hard work and love for the Department of Education
and the people of the Virgin Islands.
More than anything else. I grieve the loss of a colleague, a cheerful
and jovial friend and co-worker who supported, advised and helped me
greatly during my tenure as Commissioner of Education.
My family joins me in extending to Viola, to the Smith family, and
to all people of the Virgin Islands our sympathy and our sense of ir-
replaceable loss of one of the great contributors to the quality of edu-
cation in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
-Harold C. Hailllp
Commissioner of Education

<^ ^______________-

Christiansted, St. &oix
rs. Gerard and the staff of The Markoe Agencies, Inc., join me in
l expressing condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of
Dr. Wilburn Smith.
During his short but incredibly productive life, Dr. Smith exhibited a
passion for hard work, an allegiance to high principle, and a genuine con-
cern for the welfare of others a perfect model for those of us who
must now continue his life's work.
Despite our loss, and it is great, this beloved colleague and friend has
left us with a clear vision of what it means to be a "Virgin Islander" -
a person who loves this land and its people, cherishes and enjoys his
"rights and privileges," and vigorously assumes and discharges his "duties
and responsibilities." Certainly, he rests in peace.
Phillip A. Gerard
Former Commissioner of Education

AW Charlotte Amalie. St. Thomas
wish these words were being written for an occasion which
Wilbum Smith, Jr. could share with us. I hope he knew how
deeply we appreciated him and his accomplishments.
Dr. Wilbum Smith, Jr. has contributed much to the advancement
of education in the Virgin Islands public schools as student, teacher
and administrator. He was an honest, candid person who expressed his
opinions and defended them. He accepted responsibility willingly and
could be depended upon to perform in a satisfactory manner. In his
personal relationships, he was sincere and thoughtful. We shall miss
his cheerful greetings and his concern for our welfare.
May God sustain and comfort his grieving family and friends!
-Jane E. Tultt
Former Commissioner of Education

SCharlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
ome of us, in our lifetime, are fortunate to be touched by people
,A who leave a lasting impression. Dr. Wilbum A. Smith, Jr. was one
such special person. He was not only my colleague and immediate super-
visor, but he was also a friend.
When I rejoined the Department of Education, Dr. Smith provided
needed guidance and advice relative to the operations of the Division of


Curriculum and Instruction, funding and other general matters of the
Department. He was always willing to take the time to talk, to share
ideas, to discuss the future of the Virgin Islands and its young people.
Although Dr. Smith was reasonable, fair, and understanding he demand-
ed that things be done correctly, that proper procedures be followed,
and that each person shoulder his or her share of responsibility. He took
his job seriously and respected that same quality in others around him.
His concern for these islands and his people stemmed outside the
realm of education. During my political career he took the time to share
thoughts on troublesome legislation and to let me know what the people
in the streets were saying. His concern, his interest in his community,
his humor and ready smile, his words of advice will be missed. I will
miss him.
My deepest sympathy to his wife, his mother, his children and the
rest of his family. May this special person, colleague and friend, Wil-
bum, rest in peace.
-Ruby Simmonds
Deputy Commissioner,
Curriculum and Instruction

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
r. Smith's untimely death brings to mind a passage from Robert
G. Ingersoll's eulogy to his brother. He said, "He had not passed
on life's highway the stone that masks the highest point, but, being
weary for a moment, lay down by the wayside, and using his burden for
a pillow, fell into that dreamless sleep that kisses down his eyelids still.
While yet in love with life and raptured with the world, he passed to
silence and pathetic dust."
These words vividly depict the sudden demise of my lifelong friend
and colleague, Wilbum Smith. His passing is a tragic loss to his family
and friends, as well as the people of the Virgin Islands, whom he served
diligently and competently.
Those of us who knew him well can attest to the fact that he was a
decent human being. He was strong of character, extremely talented
and a competent public servant. He has gone to his eternal rest, but he
will long be remembered for the contributions he made to his home-
land and the warm enduring relationships he shared with his loved ones
and acquaintances. May he rest in peace.
Mavis H. Brady
Former Deputy Commissioner
Curriculum and Instruction


was shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Dr. Wilbum
Smith. Education in the Virgin Islands has lost a great, courageous,
dedicated young leader whose devotion to his community was unques-
tioned. He championed all causes he believed to be right. He will be
sorely missed.
Mrs. Wheatley and I extend our sincerest condolences to his wife,
children, mother and other relatives.
-Raphael Wheatley
Former Director of Vocational Education

Charlotte A male, St. Thomas
J o man liveth to himself no man dieth to himself.. "
, 7 Dr. Wilbum Smith's life was truly lived for others. He dedicated
his studies to the field of vocational education, and he dedicated himself
to the training of our most precious resource the children of the Virgin
Islands. He was largely responsible for the expansion of the Vocational
Education Programs in our school system and worked untiringly to im-
press upon our youths the importance of skilled work.
His sudden death in the presence of his many friends has touched our
lives in a way that is beyond expression.
With his passing, the Department of Education and the Virgin Islands
have lost another dedicated, loyal son and professional public servant.
May his family find comfort in the knowledge that his life was an
inspiration to many and that he served his community unselfishly with
distinction, honor and great pride.
Heartfelt sympathy is extended to his family and may you find com-
fort in the promises of God's precious Word.
Dr. Valerie George
Acting District Superintendent
St. Thomas St. John

Christiansted, St COoix
t was with a deep sense of shock and sadness that my staff and I
Heard about the news of your husband's passing. Please know that
we share your pain and sorrow.
Our sorrow, though, is tempered by equal pride in his accomplish-
ments as an administrator. During the six years that I worked with Dr.
Wilbum Smith, he gave freely of his advice and counsel whenever I
sought his assistance. He was a decisive administrator, fair and objec-

tive in his dealing with others. A man of strong beliefs, he had a deep
commitment to the education of the young and he used his expert
knowledge of supervision and administration to advantage as he did what
he could to help them receive a quality education.
During this hour of despair, let your faith in the promise of eternal
life give you the strength to bear this sudden and untimely loss.
May he rest in peace.
-Juanita Small
A citing District Superintendent
St. Cobr

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Remember a small junior high school student, who had to be
Especially elevated to be seen behind his drums, then how we
marveled at the stalwart young man who returned from college to
teach at his alma mater, the Charlotte Amalie High School.
I remember the baseball player, the son of two athletes, who
helped win laurels for his school and for the community.
I remember the thorough instructor, who emulated his teachers and
demanded as much of his students as had been required of him. I re-
member the supervisor who did not hesitate to challenge anti-social
behavior of students on the grounds of the schools he visited.
I remember the proud new father, announcing the name of his son,
Andre Previn, coming as no surprise to those of us who knew his love
of music. I remember, too, how his keen interest and support prompted
many to listen more closely to jazz, bringing about a revival of and many
converts to that medium.
I remember that, when as administrators we sometimes took ourselves
too seriously, he would provide some anecdote that made us take a
hearty laugh at ourselves. And, when he laughed, no one could remain
I remember the little drummer boy who grew up to be of imposing
stature as citizen, musician, athlete and educator. Yes, I remember
Wilburn A. Smith, Jr., my student, my colleague, my friend.
Ruth E. Thomas
Former Principal
Charlotte Amalie High School

I ^.^w


E yet'ss remember Wilbum as he often reminisced
W With family and friends who cared -
A robust, kind, and gentle man
His profound laughter rang out loud and clear,
With gleamy eyes that seemed to chuckle and cheer.
And the friendly warmth he so often shared;
The time has come to say good-bye
These memories will never die.

As a professional, he was profound, pleasant,
Thorough, impartial, patient, patriotic and diplomatic
Helping hands and ears he offered to all
Always willing to answer a call.
The Saviour beckoned and he leaves behind, those who care;
And we sadly say good-bye.

He left us, doing some of what he loved best
A musician, an orator, a sportsman he's gone to rest
As friends and family wonder why
This wonderful man should suddenly die.
Take time to think beyond your grief,
His love was manifested beyond belief
Renew your faith and trust in God.

He journeys to that unknown land
Guided by the Master's hand
Say not good-by Say we'll be there
The Master calls because he cares.

-Jureen Francis Todman
for Ulla F. Muller Elementary School


Charlotte Amalle, St. Thomas
ilburn Alexander Smith, Jr., Junior to the Vocational Education
family, was a "man among men," inimitable in style, ambitious,
assertive, and resourceful. Wilbum Alexander has left to posterity,
"footprints on the sands of time" that cannot be eradicated.
Throughout his many years with the Division of Vocational-Tech.
nical Education, he earned the respect and admiration of everyone who
worked with him. Too few are granted so warm a personality and so
fine an intelligence. He was serious-minded and expected to be met in
the same manner.
It's nice to have known a man who deserves this praise. Some men
hand out priceless gifts like encouragement and inspiration; they help
tremendously in smoothing things over the rough spots. Wilbum Alex-
ander did much more; he contributed abundantly to the educational
system through vocational education. le will always be remembered
for the good he has done for so many. His name has been written too
deeply in our hearts to ever be erased.
-The State Staff
Vocational- Technical Education

W... willing to persevere to the end
I ... intelligent, always exhibiting knowledge and brilliance
L loyal, adhering firmly and devotedly to a cause
B ... bighearted to serve
U .. untiring, showing a capacity for protracted effort
R ... ready for service
N ... natural leader, the gift he utilized most effectively

A ... active, serving this community with distinction

S ... smiling, displaying a friendly, exuberant personality
M ... master, conquering difficulties with valor
I ... interested in the great and small
T ... talented, with an innate capacity to perform
H ... humble, a friend to all

The State Staff
Vocational-Technical Education

fVl i \i i

She members of the Administrators' Association offer this trib-
ute in loving memory of Dr. Wilbum Smith, Jr.

We miss you in the morning, dear,
When all the world is new;
We know the day can bring no joy
Because it brings not you.
We miss the well-loved voice of you,
Your tender smile for us,
The charm of you, the joy of your
unfailing sympathy.

The world is full of folks, it's true,
But there was only one of you.

We miss you at the noontide, dear;
The crowded city street
Seems but a desert now, we walk
In solitude complete.
We miss your hand beside our own
The light touch of your hand,
The quick gleam in the eyes of you
So sure to understand.

The world is full of folks, it's true
But there was only one of you.

We miss you in the evening, dear,
When daylight fades away;
We miss the sheltering arms of you
To rest us from the day,
We try to think we see you yet
There where the firelight gleams -
Weary at last, we sleep, and still
We miss you in our dreams.

The world is full of folks, it's true,
But there was only one of you.
-Administrator's Association
U.S. Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie. St. Thomas
ll here is a moral excellence attainable by all who have the will to
strive for it; but there is an intellectual and physical superiority
which is above the reach of our wishes, and is granted to only a few.
Our classmate and friend was granted this superiority, and he was
endowed with great qualities. We remember him for his good manage-
ment of those qualities. They were evident as he worked and accom-
plished much in the field he loved.
He gained the respect, affection, and trust of those he taught, and
from his colleagues. He was a caring, loving person who believed educa-
tion is a debt due from the present to future generations, and that the
conscience of children is formed by the influences around them.
Remembrances last longer than present realities, so although we are
saddened by our loss, we remember with a lighter heart the joys he
brought us as a class, and individually; our friend also knew how to en-
joy himself and entertain those around him.
We are proud of the example set by our classmate and friend, and
challenge others to follow, because example teaches more than precept.
It is the best molder of the character of men and women. To set a
lofty example is the richest bequest a man can leave behind him.
-CA.H.S. Class of 1956

Savan, St. Thomas
I n behalf of the members of the Gentlemen of Savan Club, I extend
t to you, your children and other relatives my deepest sympathy in
this, your moment of grief. The loss of Dr. Wilbum Alexander Smith,
Jr., who dearly loved his family and who held a special warmth for his
many, many friends, will be felt for many years to come.
Personally, I will remember "Willo" best as a man deeply committed
to educational excellence. He was a Virgin Islander who cared deeply for
his home and held a firm commitment to educational excellence for our
You can take comfort in knowing that "Willo," through his devotion
and commitment to improving the quality of life for all Virgin Islanders,
dedicated his life to this cause. He has left behind a fine heritage in his
son and two daughters, and also in loyal friends. You will miss your hus-
band but you will never be entirely without him, for his spirit is incor-
porated in every one of you.
Death is the inevitable goal, but there may be some small degree of

consolation in the thought that death is but a narrow starlit strip be-
tween the companionship of yesterday and the happy reunion of to-
morrow. May this thought help you to carry on.
Milton A. Frett
Gentlemen of Sawn Club

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas
he members of Milo and the Kings are saddened by the loss of
their dear colleague and friend, Dr. Wilburn "Junie" Smith.
Throughout our association with this outstanding individual, he was
always a gentleman and scholar, quick of wit, and sensitive to the needs
of others. He will be greatly missed by all of us who have had the priv-
ilege of being associated with him these many joy-filled years. Our deep-
est sympathy to his family as we share in their loss. We take comfort,
however, in knowing his legacy to his family, friends, and the community
at large is ours forever. May he rest in peace.
-MUo and the Kings

Christiansted, St. Crox
lhe sudden passing of Dr. Smith is indeed a great shock to all of us.
SHe was certainly a brilliant person, but even beyond and above
that, a fine, splendid, civic-minded and useful human being. When we
think of educators, we will think of him as one of the great ones who
graced the Department of Education. None who were privileged to be
associated with him in his professional or social life, failed to be impres-
sed by his forthrightness and convinced of his sincerity.
We are comforted in the knowledge that he lives in the hearts and
minds of all of us. His services which have benefited the Department of
Education and the Virgin Islands community for over twenty years, will
always speak of his commitment to Education and his devotion to his
fellow Virgin Islanders. The example of his leadership will remain as a
source of continued inspiration to all of us.
His passing leaves us in sorrow and with a void in our hearts and in
the Department. On behalf of the St. Croix Federation of Teachers, to
you and your family, I express our heartfelt condolence and profound
sympathy in your bereavement.
Cecil R. Benjamin
St. Crotx Federation of Teachers


Charlotte Amatlie, St. Thomas
he sadness is still too much to bear
It is difficult to accept you are not here
Why did you leave us so suddenly
Was it because you departed happily

Your desire for excellence was great
No matter what your fate
We will all miss you, "Doc"
As we strive to overcome the shock

We needed you here in your prime
But our Father said it was time
Although we were unable to say good-bye
You are now at peace in the heavenly sky.

Glen J. Smith
President, on behalf of
the Members of AFT Local 1825

Charlotte Amalle, St. Thomas
o my friend, classmate, and colleague ... The sweet remembrance
of the just shall flourish when he sleeps in the dust.
For over thirty-five years we have been friends, and that translates
into many fond memories. I'l always remember you saying to me as
you greeted Linda, "Don't get jealous, I've known her longer than I've
known you, we are Savaneros." Ill always remember the puzzled look
on people's faces as you and I greeted each other in our special way -
"The seeker looking for the seekee," or sometimes "The cooper
looking for the coopee."
When it was necessary for you to be serious, firm and business-ike,
that you were; and when you had the time to socialize, be funny and
laugh, you also knew how to do that better than most.
I will remember the "promise" you made just before our classmates
Leopold Griffith and Lawrence Sylvester chatted with us, as the troops
were preparing to tramp in the parade. You told me you have your
drums at home and we should put together a musical group. We agreed.
Thanks for being a good friend who over the years was always avail-

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able and ready to listen, advise, share and understand.
"Smitty," "Willow," "Doc," "Commish," whatever we called
you, Linda and I will miss you, but well never forget you, for remem-
bered joys are never past; at once the fountain stream, and sea, they
were, they are, they yet shall be ....
-Larry Benjamin
friend and colleague

f[ords are inadequate to rightly express the deep sense of shock
and sorrow I experienced when I heard of the passing of your
husband, Wilbum.
I observed him growing up, well trained at home, high principles
of behavior, always courteous and polite. He was constantly striving
for higher areas of achievement, a shining example of knowing what he
wanted and how his goals would be attained.
This community will miss Dr. Wilbum Smith for his contributions
to the field of education, particularly in the area of vocational edu-
cation. His life of service and devotion to duty should inspire other
young people to plan their education and fill the vacant places left by
stalwarts like Dr. Smith.
To you and your family, I wish to express my deepest sympathy,
and pray that God will give you the strength to bear your sorrow. God
will never leave you nor forsake you, so, place your hands in his and he
will lead you every step of the way.
Huldah A. Joseph

s I write this message, I recall two distinct reactions of many per-
sons to Dr. Smith fear and love. Those who feared him were
cognizant of the threat of his admonitions when the rules were violated.
However, those of us who truly knew and loved him were aware that
beneath that seemingly tough exterior was a warm, sensitive, caring
Wilbum was a man of integrity, honesty and deep convictions; a
dedicated public servant who wanted only the best education possible
for the students of these Virgin Islands. This consummate Virgin Island-
er was deeply concerned with the deterioration of values in our commu-
I am proud to have been associated with him and to have shared his
On behalf of my family, I extend sincere condolences to you. May

you and your family find comfort in the promise of the Almighty
that only through death can man live forever. May he rest in peace.
Delphine Lewis
a true friend

j1L'ilburn, my classmate, my co-worker, my friend. A friend for
S37 years. A friendship which was like a chain of gold, shaped
in God's all perfect mold, each link a smile, a laugh, a tear, a word of
cheer. These past five months we have shared our trials and tribulations.
Now all your tension, stress and strain are no more.
God's justice is active in life and affairs. The daily word on the day
you left us was Peace! Peace! Peace!
Jesus stills the storm. Peace be still.
Joanne E. Williams
friend and classmate


Tlhank you
We gratefully acknowledge your re-
membering us through your prayers.
flowers, verbal and written expression,
concern and other acts of kindness.

The Smith Family

by Creque's Funeral Home

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