Charles (Chuck) Edward Smith, 91, of Boone, passed away peacefully Monday, March 18, 2019, while at home with his family by his side. Chuck was born April 17, 1927, to the late Charles T. and Marie F. Smith and was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Natalie. Chuck was a Veteran of the United States Navy and was a retired electrical engineer.
During his 91 years, Chuck was responsible for a unique and amazing list of accomplishments. By the time he was in his late teens, Chuck had traveled to and lived on both coasts. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, but moved with his family to Richmond, Virginia, when he was a small child. He spent extended time with his uncle on Naval bases in both Key West, Florida, and California. Both Chuck and his brother, Lowell, joined the Navy, serving in World War II. After his discharge, Chuck attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he received his electrical engineering degree. Directly after graduation, he went to work for General Electric, where he was tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the setup of the first TV stations in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Las Vegas. While working for GE, Chuck was contracted by EG&G to work in conjunction with the U.S. Atomic Commission in the South Pacific on Operation Ivy, the first hydrogen bomb. Chuck also worked on the development of the B-36 and DEW line projects for GE.
After the passing of his father, Chuck left GE and moved to Spruce Pine, where he built and developed Deer Park Lake Estates and more importantly, meet his future wife, Natalie. Throughout their marriage, they owned and operated multiple businesses, including Scotchman Homes, and developed Turkey Perch in Linville Falls. Before their retirement to Boone, they were living in Richmond, where Chuck worked closely with his brother as a project manager for Leigh Properties. Chuck truly enjoyed those years in Richmond as he was once again living close to his brother and sister and their families.
In 1994, Chuck decided he and Natalie would retire to Boone so they could be close to their children and grandchildren.
Left behind to miss him and cherish his memory are his son, Terrence (Terry) Smith, of Spruce Pine, daughter, Vanessa Brannigan, of Morganton, and his son, Mitchell Smith, and his wife, April, of Boone; four amazing grandchildren, Austin Smith, of Carrboro, Bridget Brannigan, of Morganton, Kelly Brannigan, of Morganton, and Alyssa Miska, of Osnabruck, Germany. Chuck is also survived by his bother, Lowell, and sister, Patty, of Richmond, both of whom he loved and adored.
Per Chuck’s wishes, there will be no public services. Donations may be made in Chuck’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22202. Online donations may be made at donations.diabetes.org/site/Donation2?df_id=18806&mfc_pref=T&18806.donation=form1.
“Don’t think of him as gone away, his journey’s just begun; life has so many facets, this earth is only one” - Ellen Brenneman
Online condolences may be sent to the Smith family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com. Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service in Boone is in charge of the arrangements.
Mitchell News-Journal • March 27, 2019