Mr. Vivien Dunkin “Smitty” Smith, 94, received his last call on Thursday January 4, 2018 at his home in Murrells Inlet. He was born on February 15, 1923 in Gate City, Virginia to the late Lloyd and Theona Babb Smith.
Along with his parents, Smitty is preceded in passing by his son, James Kenneth “Smitty” Smith, his three sisters, Margie, Virginia & Delia as well as his nephews, Joe & Ricky.
Smitty was drafted to proudly serve his country by the United States Army- Air Force Engineers where he was stationed at Fort Lee. Upon his honorable discharge, Smitty went home to Oxon Hill Maryland, where he worked as a security guard and was a volunteer firefighter for 13 years. Following his relocation, he dedicated 22 more years with Clinton, Volunteer Fire Department and finally upon moving to Murrells Inlet, he was proud to give 13 more years to our local Fire Department.
In his free time, Smitty loved to bowl, and was known as, “The Great White Hunter,” in his Hunting Club where he continued to drive himself and “hunt,” still, at the age of 93. This was his passion! He was active in the American Legion Post #178 in Murrells Inlet, and will forever be remembered as a loving husband, adoring father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to so many.
Left to cherish Smitty’s memory, is his wife of 75 wonderful years, Iris Ruth Smith; his daughter, Vivian Darlene Berry and her husband Carroll of Murrells Inlet; his son, Robert “Bobby” Smith and his wife Margery of Florida; his beautiful grandchildren, Russell, David, Alan, Melinda, & Steven, ; his precious great-grandchildren, Jenny, Zach, Makayla, Elizabeth, Alexis, Kaitlyn, Nikki, August, Dasratha, Shridam, Elijah, & Athena; his nieces, Dorothy, Linda & Margie; his nephews, Roger, & Jimmy; and a large, loving, extended family.
We will all miss you greatly. Rest in peace now, for you had a long, great life.”
-Iris, Kenny, Bobby, Darlene and families
A Celebration of Smitty’s life will be held on Saturday January 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Burroughs Funeral Home, 3558 Old Kings Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, where Fire and Military honors will be accorded.
At the request of the family, memorial contributions in Smitty’s name may be made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation by mail to: P.O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at: https://www.firehero.org/donate/ or too American Legion Post 178, 3950 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.
The Smith would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who have reached out with their words of comfort, visits and prayers during this difficult time.
To view these details online, kindly visit, www.burroughsfh.com
Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Murrells Inlet, (843.651.1440) is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Celebration of Life
Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Saturday January 13th, 2018
3558 Old Kings Highway
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
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Sending our love, hugs and prayers to you and the rest of the family during this difficult time. Smitty will be in your hearts forever❤️
Lynn and Kevin
Submitted by Lynn and Kevin Duckworth on Jan 12 2018 08:32:56 PM
Smitty we are all going to miss you!W we're lucky to have known you.Prayers for your family and loved ones!
Submitted by Barry Hatoway on Jan 8 2018 07:20:08 AM
May you rest in peace my buddy my friend you will be missed!!! Hunt on great white
Submitted by Ken Caulder on Jan 7 2018 07:59:08 AM
Thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time.
Submitted by Mike & Barbara Monday on Jan 6 2018 03:32:28 PM
Smitty, thank you for serving our Murrells Inlet Fire Dept all these years. May you rest in peace. prayers for your loving family
Submitted by brenda lee smith on Jan 6 2018 01:15:22 PM
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