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Arnold W. Smith, III

August 17, 1952 ~ October 23, 2021 (age 69)


God in his infinite wisdom decided to call home Mr. Arnold W. Smith III (Zip) on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Arnold was born on August 17, 1952 to the late Mr.  Arnold Walter Smith, Jr. and Ella Louise Smith in Norfolk, Virginia.

Arnold was educated in the Portsmouth City School System and graduated from Cradock High School. Upon graduation, he attended Norfolk State University, where he played football.  He faithfully served in the United States Army from 1974-1977.  He also worked at Newport News and Norfolk Shipbuilding, Drydock Corporation and Norfolk Naval Base.

Arnold genuinely loved all that he met. Those who truly knew him knew he never met a stranger. His sense of humor made everyone laugh and feel like lifelong friends. He enjoyed football, basketball, and swimming. For his loving heart and comical storytelling, he was loved by family and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his mother (Ella Louise Smith), father (Arnold Walter Smith, Jr.), brother (Leonard Lee Smith), sister (Gloria “Lady” Smith), and nephew (William “Billy” Smith, Jr.).

Arnold is survived by his wife (Alesia Smith), stepson (Antoine “Tony” Ross), Brothers: William Smith (Priscilla Smith) and Bernard Smith (Alicia Pierson-Smith); Sister: Dorothy E. Montague; nieces, great nephews and a host of family and friends.

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