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Arnette S. Smith

Posted By obits On September 29, 2019 @ 8:41 pm In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 9 Comments

Arnette Stinson Smith was born in Richmond, VA on July 1, 1937. She went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Peak Resources in the Outer Banks.

While in grade school, she enjoyed being in the girl scouts. Arnette attended John Marshall High School in Richmond, VA graduating with the class of 1955. She furthered her education at Madison College earning her bachelor’s degree in 1959 and later her master’s degree from Florida State University. She enjoyed a career as a librarian in Virginia’s public schools and loved being a member of Colington United Methodist Church.

Traveling and eating out with friends and family were some of her favorite pastimes. When she moved to Kill Devil Hills, she opened her gift shop, King Smith Galleries. Afterwards she joined the family business, Seaside Art Gallery. She also enjoyed acting in the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater that she started with her husband.

She was the daughter of the late Helen Hart Stinson and Ernest Stinson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Wardell Smith; and son, Ward Smith.

Arnette is survived by a daughter, Melanie Smith (Jeffrey Greene) of Kill Devil Hills, NC; two grandchildren, Chester Wardell Smith III and Matea Ward Smith; sister, Carol Childress (Lester) of New Canton, VA; brother, Ernest Stinson, Jr. (Claire) of Glen Allen, VA; two nieces, Page and Leslie and two nephews, John and David.

Her spirit of generosity and example of determination has enriched the lives of those who knew her. She will be missed.

A funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC officiated by Rev. Teresa Holloway. Entombment will follow at Roanoke Island Memorial Gardens with a reception to be held at Colington United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends and relatives Monday evening from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Colington United Methodist Church (PO Box 3425, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 or online at colingtonumc.com), Smile Train (PO Box 96231, Washington, DC 20090 or online at smiletrain.org), or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at stjude.org).

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.


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Condolence from Robert Bryant on September 29th, 2019 9:18 pm

Annie joins me in extending sympathy and condolences to Arnette’s family and friends, especially Ernest, Jr. and Carol. Best wishes to all of us as we deal with her passing. Her talent, education, career and serving others has been notable.
Robert Earl (Cousin)

Condolence from Lorri Glennon on September 30th, 2019 4:29 am

My prayers to the family. I loved seeing Arnette and Chester at church and we enjoyed many wonderful conversations about her Brooch collection, the art gallery and more. She and Chester were such loving and caring people

Loved seeing them at Miss Helens. She will be truly missed

Condolence from Tara and Joe Johnson on September 30th, 2019 2:38 pm

We cannot believe that she is gone. Arnette was a true southern gentlewoman.

Condolence from Stan & Patsy Keeler on September 30th, 2019 3:07 pm

Our deepest condolences on the passing of your step- mother! You and yours are in our prayers during this time. May Arnette rest in eternal peace with our Lord and Savior.
Stan & Patsy

Condolence from Mojo and Bonnie Collins on September 30th, 2019 8:26 pm

Mojo and I are so saddened to hear of Arnette’s passing. What a lovely woman whose joy was always shining through with a beautiful and sincere smile and warm welcome for everyone. Arnette was a lovely lady and she will be missed. We send our heartfelt condolences and prayers, Mojo & Bonnie

Condolence from Debra Keirce on September 30th, 2019 9:41 pm

I am so saddened to hear of Arnette ‘s passing. I cherish the few conversations I was blessed to have with her and will always remember her kind words about my artwork. My heart goes out to the Smith family.

Condolence from Janice and Gary on October 1st, 2019 9:44 am

We love you Arnette and we will miss you.

Condolence from Stephanie and Lindsy Pack on October 10th, 2019 3:30 pm


We were so sorry to read of your mother’s passing. You are frequently in our thoughts, and you will also be in our prayers at this sad time. Although we never met your mother, we read about her and believe that she was a wonderful person and will be missed by many who knew her.

Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

Stephanie and Lindsy Pack

Condolence from Holly Meekins Williams on October 10th, 2019 5:42 pm

Sincere sympathies to all of the family in your great loss.

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