Chester Smith

Chester Smith

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.

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  1. Brady Bridges

    Arnett, I,m so sorry to hear about Chester , But what a blessing he didn,t suffer any. I know it was a shock tho.I will be praying the lord will give you comfort during this sad time.

  2. Mary Jolliff Moore

    I knew Chester and Barbara way back in the late 50s, early 60s. He was a tower of strength as a friend. My condolences to the family.

  3. Courtney Quillin

    Melanie, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

  4. Barbara & Bill Schmidt

    We are filled with but happy and loving memories of the delightful times spent with him.

  5. Leon & Dale Nester

    Arnett and Melanie, we are so sorry to hear about Chester. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Many all your memories of him be happy ones.

  6. Steve Andrus

    Chester brought art and art appreciation to the Outer Banks and that helped all of the artist here and brought many more to the Outer Banks, Me included. Thanks Chester. My thoughts are with you Arnett and Melanie

  7. Mark Welch

    Arnette and Melanie I’m so sorry for your loss .I know Chester had a smile on his face when Ward met him at the gates of heaven

  8. Vernon and Lorey Gordon

    Dear Melanie, We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. We have so many fond memories from these past 25+ years visiting the gallery each year during our vacation. You and Arnett are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  9. Bill & Daisy Dunning

    Arnette, our thoughts & prayers are with you & family. You prayed for us so many times & we really appreciated it.
    Loved seeing you both in Church.

  10. Ricky A. Perry Sr.

    The owners and employees of Perry Glass Company send our condolences to the family.

    Mr.Smith was one of our long term customers. I am 57 years old and I can remember delivering glass to Seaside Art Gallery from Elizabeth City at 16 years old. He will truly be missed.

  11. Mark Waggoner & Family

    Cousins Melanie & Arnette,

    Just learned of Chester’s passing.
    Sudden, like your Uncle John Waggoner (my daddy). So sorry for your loss.

    Please know that you’re be in our thoughts & prayers. We loved “Bobbie” & Chester and will long remember them.

  12. Cindy Coughlan

    Melanie and Mrs. Smtih,

    I’m so very sad to hear of Mr. Smith’s passing. You are all in my prayers. Stay strong and know we are thinking of you.

    Love
    Cindy

  13. debra pope cobb

    arnette, it had been many years since I had seen chester, when we came to the outer banks on vacation we visited the gallery. susan and I enjoyed the brief visit we had with you several years back when we came for steve’s 50th birthday. I was so sorry to hear of chester’s passing, as dad called and told me. take care of yourself and I hope to get to see you next time we are at the outerbanks. if you are ever up this way, I know mom and dad would love to see you, mom has not been out since last fall, she stays shut in most days, dad is so dedicated to her, and we will do whatever he will let us do which isnot much,. I hope the sad days will pass soon and you will find peace . love, debra

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