Gordon E. Smithers
- January 8, 1925 - March 4, 2012
- Bowling Green, Virginia
of Gordon's Passing
Calvary Baptist Church General Fund
P.O. Box 85
Bowling Green, VA 22427
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“Daisy & Holly:
I just found out about Gordon's passing and I want to extend my condolences to you. Gordon was such a fine man and had a warm...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Sandra A. Gee - Harrisonburg, VA
“Dear Daisy and Holly-
How very sad I was to learn of Gordon's passing (Louise Beazley sent me the newspaper notice ). Gordon was one of the finest...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Allen Powell - Ft LAUDERDALE, FL
“Heaven has called another Angel home!!!
3 of 24 | Posted by: Ann Cecil Griffin - Ruther Glen, VA
“We would sit in the church's cafeteria and talk about what happened to us that week. He was always a very nice man. It was very sad when I heard the...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: cristalyn richardson - milford, VA
“Gordon Smithers was truly one of a kind. He could make you laugh when you were supposed to be sad. When I ride by the funeral home, I can still see...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: debbie thomas - woodford, VA
“Deepest Sympathy. Gordon always smiled and always had a kind word to say. He will remain a shining light in our hearts.
6 of 24 | Posted by: Mark & Elizabeth Fonseca Family - VA
“Gordon, I love you and I miss you. :P You have been a wonderful friend over the last 4 1/2 years and I will miss your warm smile and even warmer...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Judy Covington - Fredericksburg, VA
“Daisy & family, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Gordon. Our prayers are with you and may time help to ease your sorrow..
8 of 24 | Posted by: Bill & Nancy Reynolds - Venice, FL
“To the family of Mr. Gordon Smithers.
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.
May God bless your family in this time of sorrow.
I met Mr. Gordon thru...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Mary E. Woolfolk - Bowling Green, VA
“I had the pleasure of meeting Gordon (56 yrs ago) and from the beginning you new he was a man of great faith.He was the most unlikely person...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: kenneth a. taylor - ashland, VA
“Will miss Gordon's calls. He was a great supporter. We loved his sense of humor and his wisdom. I always chuckled when he said he used to be over 6...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Dan Wilkinson - DeWitt, MI
“our prayers are with the family also, david and carolyn ,his warm and kind smile will be missed by all
12 of 24 | Posted by: myra and dana beazley - milford, VA
“Gordon always had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eyes, and always a joke to tell. He was a real contry gentleman and was beloved by the...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Tracy Crabtree - VA
“A true gentleman, the community will miss him.
14 of 24 | Posted by: Alana and Mark Mallin - VA
“Gordon will truely be missed by many in this community. His smile and humor always made everyone feel better. He was a great man whom I had the...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Jennifer Pelter Stroud - Woodford, VA
“Sorry to hear the news, Mr. Smithers was a face in the community and will
be missed by all.
Our prayers go out to the family.
May God Bless!
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16 of 24 | Posted by: George and Barbara Martin - VA
“I knew Gordon during the time I worked at GTE VA. I worked in a different area, but would sometimes see him at company training. I also would see him...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Marilyn Soucy - Conway , SC
I will miss you dearly. You are one of the most nicest person I have ever met. I will never forget you. My thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Charlotte Seal - Milford, VA
“Daisy, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Gordon was one of the sweetes men I knew. Gordon, you will truly be missed. I...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Heather Kay Gilbert - VA - Friend
“Mrs. Smithers, Holly, and family - My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. He was always there with a kind word. The town...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Kim Shockey Simpson - VA
“Gordoon you were always so nice to me and I will never forget you.
21 of 24 | Posted by: Cheryl Shook - Milford, VA
“Gordon was a nice man who I've known for most of my life. Prayers go out to his family.
22 of 24 | Posted by: Christine Cushing - Bowling Green, VA
“Gordon, was my favorite uncle, and God-father, who would always bring a smile to my face, and make me laugh. No matter what was happening, you...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Barbara Mainhart Ruppel - MD
“One of the kindnest gentleman I met in Bowling Green. I send my prayers to his family and friends as he will be missed.
24 of 24 | Posted by: Beth Jimenez - Bowling Green, VA
Gordon E. Smithers, 87 of Bowling Green died Sunday March 4, 2012 in Bowling Green Health and Rehab Center.
He was "raised on a dairy farm" and only left his hometown to serve in the Pacific during World War II. He was a paratrooper with the Army's 11th Airborne and made several combat jumps while in the Philippines and New Guinea. He was a Deacon, Trustee and choir member at Calvary Baptist Church and a member of Kilwinning-Crosse Masonic Lodge AF&AM #2-237. Gordon had a long career with the telephone company. He first went to work for Tidewater Telephone, then Contel and finally retired from GTE (Verizon). He also had worked at the funeral home in Bowling Green for over 40 years and was the "face" of Storke Funeral Home up until the time of his death.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Daisy Smithers; his daughter Margaret Holland "Holly" O'Brien and her husband Brendan of Texas; his grandchildren, Brian Cale of Indiana and Kristie and Katie O'Brien of Texas; several nieces and nephews, among them his God daughter, Barbara Mainhart Ruppel. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Lee Gordon Smithers.
A funeral service will be held Saturday March 10th at 11:00 AM in Calvary Baptist Church, with Pastor Melvin Covington officiating. After the burial at Greenlawn Cemetery, there will be a reception at the church. The family will receive friends Friday 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church General Fund P.O. Box 85 Bowling Green VA 22427.