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Dorsey Whetsil Smith
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Dorsey Whetsil Smith, 81 years of age of the Home Creek section of Grundy, VA, passed away Friday, September 15, 2017 in Good Shepherd Community Nursing Home, Phelps, KY. Born May 22, 1936 in Grundy, VA, he was the son of the late Joseph Whetsil Smith and Sarah Thompson Smith.

Dorsey graduated Grundy Senior High School in 1955, attended Flint Jr College in Flint, MI, while working for General Motors Engine and Stamping Department making pistons. He was a 1963 graduate of ETSU, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Arts, Speech, English and Theater and a 1978 graduate of ETSU getting his Masters Degree in Education, English and Theater. He taught Speech and Drama at Grundy Senior High School and Andrew Lewis High School in Salem, VA for several years. While attending ETSU, he won awards in Theater for Best Actor and Student Contributing Most to Theater. In 2004 he was inducted into the ETSU Theater Hall of Fame.

He was a member of Big Rock Church of Christ, attended Grundy Church of Christ, enjoyed baking cakes, making his homemade spaghetti sauce, hot dog chilli and chilli beans and helping his family any way he could. He was a loving brother, uncle, great-uncle and friend.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Alta May Wallace, Helen Marie Fletcher, Edna Coleman, Mary Madgalene Clevinger, brothers William Henry Smith, Edward Smith, Erving Frank Smith and Reece Smith.

Survivors include his sister Thelma Smith Hughes of Postmouth, OH; special nephew Gary Coleman and his wife Carol of Grundy, VA; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews and friends.

A Celebration Of Life for Dorsey Whetsil Smith will be held at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel of Grundy, VA, Friday, September 22rd, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. with Evangelists Dennis Wimmer and Brandon Bentley officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel of Grundy, VA, Friday from 6:00 p.m. prior to the celebration service at 7:00 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent to www.shortridgeramey.com.

The family of Dorsey Whetsil Smith have entrusted the care of their loved one to Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Grundy, VA.


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