Donald Leland Smith, 85, passed away November 23, 2022 at his home in Landrum, SC. He was born in Green Creek, NC; he was the son of the late Ralph Jack Smith and Blanche Edwards Smith Conner. He graduated from Green Creek High School and Spartanburg Technical College with an Associates Degree in Engineering Technology. He retired as Lab Manager from Hoechst Celanese in 1996 after 32 years of service.
Mr Smith was a loving husband, brother, father and grandfather and you would most often find him at school, church, sport, band, and dance events in which his children or grandchildren were involved. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Patricia Tucker Smith and daughter Kelley Smith Cash (Kelly) of Landrum, SC; his daughter-in-law Lynn Gilliam Smith of Inman, SC; son-in-law Jimmy Newman (Shannon) of Tryon, NC; four grandsons Michael Duane Smith Jr (Monica) of Spartanburg, SC; Christopher James Smith (Nicole) of Inman, SC; Brian Russell Cash (Raegan Geyer) of Greenville, SC; and Andrew Smith Cash of Clemson, SC. One granddaughter Sarah Cash Tate (Cory) of Westminster, SC and one great granddaughter Michaela Paige Smith of Spartanburg, SC. He is also survived by two brothers Dean Smith (Linda) of Boiling Springs, SC and Allen Smith (Nancy) of Taylors, SC.
Mr Smith was predeceased by a son, Michael Duane Smith of Inman, SC; a daughter, Vickie Smith Newman of Tryon, NC and a sister, Peggy Wilson of Lake Lure, NC.
Don was involved in the Landrum Community, having served on the Landrum Town Council for twelve years. He was one of a group who founded and coached little league football and baseball in the Landrum Community. He was the “Voice of the Cardinals” announcing Landrum football games for many years. He loved sports and played basketball and softball in textile and local leagues for many years. Mr Smith was an avid golfer; having made 4 hole-in-ones during his lifetime. He was a former member of Links of Tryon. He volunteered, helped plan and assisted with many golf tournament fundraising events for various organizations in the area as well.
Mr Smith was raised a Master Mason in Landrum Lodge No. 278 in 1977. He served his Lodge in the progressive offices and later as Worshipful Master in 1984. He served Landrum Lodge as Treasurer in 2015-2017. Mr Smith served the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of South Carolina as District Deputy Grand Master for the 20th District in 1987-1989. He also served the Grand Lodge as Grand Steward in 2014-2015. He was presented Mason of the year in 1989 for outstanding leadership and service by Landrum Lodge No. 278. For 30 years, Don served on the committee for the Jimmy Crain/J. L. Shields Golf Tournament for Landrum Masonic Lodge. He was presented the SC Grand Lodge Albert Gallatin Mackey Medal in March 2018, the highest honor that can be presented by the Grand Master in South Carolina, and served on the Masonic Education Committee.
He was a member of the Piedmont Lodge of Perfection and Piedmont Chapter of the Rose Croix in the Valley of Spartanburg AASR, SJ. He was a member of the Greenville Council of Kadosh and the Greenville Consistory, Valley of Greenville, AASR, SJ. He received the 32nd Degree in 1977, the Knight Commander Cross of Honour in 1983 and was coroneted a 33rd Degree Honorary in 1985. He served as the personal representative of the Sovereign Inspector General of SC for the Spartanburg Valley in 1995-2014.
He was a member of the Chicora Chapter No. 33, Royal Arch Masons, a member of the Blake Council No. 19 Royal and Select Masters, and a member of the Spartanburg Commandery No. 3, Knights Templar.
As a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Valleys of Spartanburg and Greenville, Don worked with The Scottish Rite Foundation which operates three Rite Care Clinics in South Carolina. These facilities provide treatment of childhood language disorders for preschool children in South Carolina. Working along-side his son, Michael Smith, with Rite Care of SC was his passion in his later years until Alzheimer’s Disease prevented his work to continue.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Interim Hospice for caring for Don over the past months and to Dr Todd Walter for his many years of care and friendship. We would especially like to thank Shannon Jolley for her love and kindness to Don over the past 7 months of his care.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November, 29, 2022 from 1:00-2:30 pm at Petty Funeral Home. A memorial service with Masonic Rites will follow at 2:30pm in the funeral home chapel conducted by Rev Robert Emory, Hospice Chaplain and Rev Josh Phillips, First Baptist Church of Gowensville
There will be a private family burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Scottish Rite Foundation of SC, PO Box 30006, Charleston SC 29417.