Chester Wardell Smith, 84
Chester W. Smith was born on April 11, 1929 in Gates County, NC.
After enjoying a wonderful day, he peacefully went to be with the
Lord while he was sleeping on October 15, 2013.
He is survived by his loving wife, Arnette S. Smith;, his daughter,
Melanie Smith; grandchildren, Chester W. Smith III and Matea W. Smith plus Anna and Rachel Beasley;and sisters,Myrtle Walters, Shirley Vail and Naomi Sutton.
At a very young age, he joined the Merchant Marines and enlisted
in the US Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War.
Afterwards, he worked within the Civil Service at Langley Field
Airforce Base in VA. It was during this time that he met
and married Barbara M. Smith (deceased) and had two children, his daughter
and Chester W. Smith II (deceased). After the death
of his wife, he fell in love with and married Arnette Smith in 1979.
In 1961, he founded Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC, which through
his hard work and determination has grown
to be one of the largest privately owned galleries in the Southeast. He
was passionate about the arts and was very instrumental
in nuturing the careers of many artists. He was one of the first Southern
Americans to be included in
the “Who’s Who in International Art”. As an author, he had published poetry
and a catalogue raisonne for the artist
David Hunter. He also produced the “Murder Mystery Dinner Theater” with
his friend, Gary Gross, for three seasons in Kill Devil Hills.
Along with his wife, Arnette, he enjoyed traveling to many different countries.
He enjoyed attending the Colington United Methodist Church and was a Gideon.
He was a loving and generous man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Chester was a resident of Kill Devil Hills, NC
Viewing will be held at Twiford Funeral Homes from 6-8pm on Thursday,
Oct 17th. The funeral is Oct 18th at Colington United Methodist Church at 11am.
A graveside service will be held that same day at 3:30pm at Park Lawn Cemetary
in Hampton, VA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Gideons International or
Colington United Methodist Church, NC.