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Donnie Wayne Smith, 67

Donnie Wayne Smith, 67 of Middleburg, FL, final battle with life was lost Friday, July 19, 2019.  Donnie was born on November 27, 1951 to the late Lewis and Selma Smith in Pearson, Georgia.  He was a proud US Marine during the Vietnam era and received his honorable discharge in order to donate a kidney to his brother.  Following the war, Donnie spent 35 years as a locomotive engineer for CSX.  It was during this time he married Donna Essex Smith; they were married 44 years.

Donnie and Donna were blessed with triplets, Justin W. (Angel) Smith, Jason S. (Christina) Smith, and Monica D. (Tim) Kline.  But the light of his life were his grandchildren, Levi, Penelope, Eleanor, Hope and Ava.  Mr. Smith is also survived by three sisters, Margaret Garrett, Mildred Nall and Shirley Stankowitz.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, July 25, 2019 in the Middleburg United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 10-11:00 AM prior to services.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Middleburg United Methodist Church, 3925 Main Street, Middleburg, FL 32068

Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL  32043.  Family and friends may share their condolences at: 904-284-7720

  • Donnie you will be missed by all your fellow Marines/Shamrocks. We appreciate your dedicated service to the United States Marine Corps, VMFA-333, God and Country. RIP in that great squadron in the sky. God Bless and Semper Fi!

  • Connie Carver

    Donnie was amazing man he was my double first cousin who I will alway love like a brother we both gave the gift of life by donating a kidney to our big brothers .Donnie donate in 1973 when was 21 to his brother Melvin was 37 at the time died 2007 at age 71. I gave my brother Johnny a kidney in 1989 my bother 51 at the time he died in 2003 at 66and a half . I was 31 when gave the kidney . The transplant operation change 16 years between operations but both that we gave a gift love.

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    Douglas G. Frankow
    Douglas G. Frankow Semper Fi Brother.

    Rudy Castillo
    Rudy Castillo Semper Fi Marine. R.I.P.

    Nancy Hamer
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    Karl Reynolds R.I.P. Shamrock Marine! I didn’t get to see you or know you but what I have read about you was very honorable and self-sacrificing! Semper First Marine, we got it from here!

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