DONALD D. SMITH Don was born in Tampa, FL and was raised in Atlanta. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1953 and was very active with his class reunions. After high school he joined the Air Force, which is where he received his education to become a jet engine mechanic. He then worked the rest of his career at Delta Airlines in jet engine repair. He is survived by his wife Peggy Clegg Smith and daughters Donna Jo and Sharrell and sons Marty and Andrew Loni Smith; stepson Timothy Clegg and stepdaughter Cynthia Clegg, as well as several grandchildren, his brother Eugene Mills, and many cousins. His sister Mareese Gallman Ross predeceased him. He enjoyed spending time with his favorite canine companion Carlin and his outdoor fish pond. He was an excellent ballroom dancer and that is how he met his wife Peggy. He thoroughly enjoyed tinkering in his shop fixing and repairing anything he would pick up. He enjoyed golfing in his younger years before his first stroke and even volunteered as a ranger at a golf course in Cumming after he had retired from Delta. Don initially suffered a stroke in 2001, and had recovered almost fully before suffering from a massive stroke on Sunday, January 6 at home and passed away at Emory University Hospital on Monday.

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  1. I will miss you very much, Don. We had a long evolving friendship and we taught each other a lot. You taught me how to dance, I taught you how to vote democrat sometimes. We really enjoyed making fun of each other and teasing. We sometimes butt heads and disagreed a lot but I know you loved me and I love you too. I am really happy my mother met you and you both built a good life together. There is now a void in all of our lives that simply will not be replaced. I love you.

  2. We are so sad for your loss, Loni & Drew and your family. We are praying for you. We love you.
    Jeannie & Ceaser

  3. We will miss you!
    Thank you for accepting me as if I was part of the family.
    My thoughts and those of my family will be with you even if I can’t be there in person to say goodbye.

  4. I was sorry to hear of Don’s passing, Cynthia. I know the love of family and friends will help you get through this sad time.

  5. Peggy, I’m so sorry for your loss. If you need anything please let me know. I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Kelly notified me that Donnie had passed.
    I remember him, his first wife and the children coming several times to our home in Lilesville when I was a child.
    Life seems to have scattered us all and yes death has taken a lot also.
    My Father Billy-Fred to you all died in 1975-heart attack.
    My Mother-Daphne-died in 1983-brain hemorrhage.
    I’ve been married 41 years now.
    2 sons and 2 grandkids.

    I’m so sorry to hear about Donnie.
    Kelly and I message some and have talked once within last 6 months.
    I put in my email so if anyone would like to get on touch, I would love to hear from you.
    Love to you all in this hard time!!
    Mickey

  7. Kelly notified me that Donnie had passed.
    I remember him, his first wife and the children coming several times to our home in Lilesville when I was a child.
    Life seems to have scattered us all and yes death has taken a lot also.
    My Father Billy-Fred to you all died in 1975-heart attack.
    My Mother-Daphne-died in 1983-brain hemorrhage.
    I’ve been married 41 years now.
    2 sons and 2 grandkids.

    I’m so sorry to hear about Donnie.
    Kelly and I message some and have talked once within last 6 months.
    I put in my email so if anyone would like to get on touch, I would love to hear from you.
    Love to you all in this hard time!!
    Mickey

  8. On behalf of the Fulton High Class of 1953, I would like to express our deepest sympathy to Peggy and the family. He shall be missed by everyone. May the knowledge that others share your loss be a solace to you. May God bless you.

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