November 21, 1936 ~ April 7, 2022

Born in: Indianapolis, Indiana
Resided in: Sun City Center, Florida

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Donald L Smith Sr. affectionately known as Don, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on April 7, 2022, at 2:47pm at LifePath Hospice House surrounded by his wife of 61 years, his 6 children, and 2 of his grandchildren. He was born on November 21, 1936, in Indianapolis, Indiana to Dora Sebre-Smith and George Smith, and GOD fathered by Lemuel Gholston, who were both good men.

On July 23, 1960, he was united in holy matrimony to his soulmate Wanda M. Harris. He was blessed with six children from this union. Don was a mentor and father figure to many by leaving words of wisdom, support, and encouragement.

He confessed his faith in God (Yahweh) with Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 12 at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Indianapolis, IN and instilled those beliefs in his family and children. Don was a member of Shield of Faith for over 20 years and served as a Deacon. Don and his wife, relocated to Florida where they were under Watch Care at 1st Baptist Church of Progress Village.

Don was raised in Indianapolis, IN and graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1955. He enlisted into the Unites States Air Force (USAF) July 29, 1955 and served in the Vietnam War with his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) being Aircraft Electrician. He worked on B-52 series, B-58, KC-135 series, C-130 series, and other aircraft ground equipment. On December 1, 1976, Don retired from the USAF, and received an Honorable Discharge after 21 years of service with the rank of Technical Sergeant. After retirement Don was employed and retired from both Amtrak Railroad Passenger Services and Rapid Transit District Public Bus System where he was a supervisor.

Don was a purpose driven man. He received his Associate Degree from Ivy Tech State College. He was a self-employed entrepreneur under D.L. Smith Electrical Contracting Services in the state of IN & CA. He had two inventions patented, was an artist, played the saxophone and learned to play the keyboard by himself later in life. He was a lifetime member of the NAACP. He received numerous awards and certificates including: From Bright Minds Come Bright Ideas Award, Employee Suggestion Awards, Managing Excellence Award, and Perfect Attendance Award.

He was a hard worker who loved to “tinker” and was always working on “projects.” He was known to say “I can make it myself (and would)” instead of paying someone else. Don was an early riser and can be heard passionately saying “Rise and shine. Get off your butt and on your feet, get out of the shade, and in the heat! Move, move, move.” And when a day’s work was done and you earned your pay, Don would caringly ask “do you want me to be your bank.”

Don was a man of integrity and will be forever remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, uncle, cousin, friend, and God-fearing man.

Donald L. Smith Sr., leaves to honor and cherish his fond memories his wife Wanda M. Smith; and six children Angela L. Smith, Donald L. (Kerrie) Smith Jr., Anita L. (Earl Sr.) Wigfall, Donnell L. (Levette) Smith Sr., Derek L. Smith, Sr. David L. (Gabriel Padilha) Smith Sr.; 25 grandchildren David Bugg II, Rev. Candace Buggs, Constance Buggs, Daniel Gooley, Christina Broadnax, Clarissa Broadnax, Essenia Broadnax, LaDonna (Demetrius) Hayes, Donald Smith III, Angel Smith, Donavan Smith, Dominic Smith, Earl (Alexandria) Wigfall II, Exavier (Haley) Wigfall, Elliott Wigfall, LaShaunda (George) Starks, Donnell Smith II, Blake Smith, Derek Smith Jr., Ayana Smith, Kayla Smith, David Smith II, Jeremiah Smith, Elijah Smith, and Serenity Smith; 16 great grandchildren David Buggs III, Trinity Buggs, Jarveon Briones, Jordann Buggs, Justice Buggs, Darius Hayes, Charles Brown Jr., Zaidyn Vineiguerra, Jorden Wigfall, Brooke’ Lynn Wigfall, Kyla Wigfall, Leia Starks, George Starks IV, Logan Starks, Darrien Smith, and Julien Smith; one Cousin Delores Duff, three nieces Rev. Dora Samuels-Merritt, Blanche Clark, and Janice Bruen; two nephews Deacon Wiley H. Samuels Jr., and Rev. Sylvester T. Samuels, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and saints to celebrate his life.


Visitation: April 21, 2022 9:00 am - April 21, 2022 10:00 am

St. Rita Catholic Church
1733 Dr Andrew J Brown Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Funeral Service: April 21, 2022 10:00 am

St. Rita Catholic Church
1733 Dr Andrew J Brown Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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  1. Dad, thank you. Thank you for your wisdom, strength, integrity, morals, values, and love.

    Just this morning, I know you were guiding me. Your is in me and you guided me with an electrical issue 💙. And saved me some money. 😆

    For three days the power went out in the garage, I checked all the GFIs I knew of, checked all the breakers on and off. No luck. Found where it tripped, but still no luck.

    This morning, I was like dang I wish I could call dad. 😞 He’s the best electrician. Had a moment in the garage with a few tears. Shook it off and walked over to the breaker box. I thought again, what what would Dad tell me? Look for a GFI. And I look to the left and about 15 inches away is one GFI socket hiding behind a box!

    Thank you for being with me always and now forever! I love you and miss you!

    You big fine baby boy,

    Dave Wave

  2. To The Family: PSALM 112:7 (KJV) “He Shall Not Be Afraid Of Evil Tidings: His Heart Is Fixed, Trusting IN THE LORD.”

    TO GOD BE THE GLORY IN THE UTMOST FOR Uncle Donald Lavell Smith’s Very Well Kept-By-GOD Life Time, Dating From Birth In The War-Torn And Racially Divided 1930s All The Way To The Unprecedented High Tech Year 2022. TO GOD BE THE GLORY IN THE HIGHEST TO THE UTMOST. All Believers In CHRIST Can Relate To The POWER Of ONLY BY THE GRACE OF GOD Are Any Of Us Able To Do What We Do On Principaled Ground. We Thank GOD For Uncle Donald Lavell Smith’s Strong Stick-To-It-Tiveness Through All The Known And Hidden Dangers Which He Had To Have Experienced In The Military And In All Walks Of Life. Obviously He Had To Have Trusted IN THE LORD Our GOD TO BRING Him And His Successors And Assigns THROUGH It. And Now Uncle Don Does Indeed Leave Behind A Very Worthy Legacy Of Several Strong BIBLICAL Heads Of Household Among All His Generations Still Living To Carry On, Greatly Serving And Honoring GOD, Family, Church, And Country. We Also THANK GOD For Uncle Don’s Very Strongly BIBLE-Principaled Wife Wanda, Who Always Stuck Right By Her Husband As A Tough, Sturdy Helpmate, Together, For 61 Years, Quite A Marital Rarity For These Days And Times. And Their Hard Work Is Not In Vain. The Children Are Growing Up Quite Well Trained To Honor And Respect And Be Obedient In All They Learn And Are Trained From Both Parents.

  3. Rest in peace my comrade and friend. You will be sorely missed. Your friendship was above board and your professionalism was always appreciated and cherished. Moses D, and Brenda M. Alston

  4. Uncle Don,

    You are an amazing person and forever loved for infinity.

    Kimberly (Nelson) Dodson

  5. Sorry for your loss the Smith Family. I will continue to pray for the family. Love, peace, and understanding God is Good.

  6. Deacon Don Smith was truly a great great man, honorable in every way, and one to be admired. He was a faithful man, full of intelligence but more importantly full of character.
    He was the quintessential example of the American dream fulfilled, not just an example for fellow Black people, but an example for all Americans of every skin color.

    His faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ, to his wife, to his children, to the saints, to the community, and to this nation… will always be remembered and honored.

    Rest in heaven Deacon Don, the Lord has said “well done my good and faithful servant”.


  7. Dad,
    You were my first love and hero! You taught me to believe in myself, confront my fears, to have faith in God, and was a role model when looking for a soulmate. Thank you for your unconditional love, wisdom, and guidance. I could look to you for advise, laughter, comfort, and protection. Dad I will truly miss you, but know you are forever in my heart and mind. Thank you for an amazing adventure, see you on the other side. Breath easy dad and love you for life. Your forever Chilli Cheese Daughter & Baby Girl♥️

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