David E. Smith

April 27, 1962 ~ December 21, 2020 (age 58)


David E. Smith, 58, passed away December 21, 2020,

Born in Albion, New York, David had lived in the Akron area since 1988.  He retired in 2009 from the State of Ohio as a social worker with 39 years of service.  Played football for the Albion Purple Eagles.

David was a fan of the Minnesota Vikings, New York Yankees, New York Knicks, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He competed in track, swimming, wrestled and baseball.

He was and avid fan of old school R&B Music such as the Commodores the Isley Brothers just to mention a few  and loved his Gospel Music. Rance Allen Group was one of his favorites "Something About the Name Jesus"

He was preceded in death by his sister, Pamela Smith.

David is survived by his wife of 40 years, Charlese; daughters, Tashia Nicole (Christopher) Mingle of Akron; son, David E. (Monique N.) Smith, Jr. of Fairlawn and Shane M. Smith of Akron; grandchildren, Merci Mingle and Christopher Mingle III; sisters, Veronica Smith and Debbie Smith both of Batavia, New York; brothers, Charles (Penny) Smith, St. Louis, MO and Robert Smith of Batavia, New York and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and The Albion Purple Eagles.

No Services will be held at this time, but a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Memorial Donations may be to the Haven of Rest, P.O. Box 547, Akron, OH  44309 or the Humane Society, 7996 Darrow Rd., Twinsburg, OH  44087.


A favorite statement that DAVID lived his life by day in and out!

When people say To me how To do I get through life or each day, it's the same thing to me there are 3 things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives

1. Laugh.. you should laugh every day.

2. Think… you should spend time in thought.

3. You should have emotions moves to tears could be happiness or joy, but think about it, if you laugh and cry that's a full day. That's a heck of a day!!!!

You do that 7 days a week you're going to have something special!!!!  **Jim Valvano.

David most treasured theme song

**Ain't No Stopping us Now**

The Albion Purple Eagles football Championship song one of the greatest achievements. That team of men were his bothers in every cense of the word just different mothers. they all came from one cloth they would ride or die for each other no matter what! (WHAT THE WORLD COULD LEARN TODAY FROM THAT GROUP WAY BEFORE THEIR TIME -They were Special)

#65 strong will always live on in your hearts!!!!

To his favorite R& B Singers Luther Vandross, The Sugar Hill Gang.

Favorite country song “Live like you were dying” by Tim McGraw

More coming from my children. You were such a pleasure to help me today in this stressful time

Nobody can be perfect, but Dad was as close to being the most perfect Dad anyone could have. Dad's love was unconditional and this is something I will cherish from his life and take with me forever. His kindness and generosity will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He taught me to survive anything and everything life throws my way. Focus and Re-Focus is what he used to tell me all the time. And it wasn't till I got older I knew what that really meant. The short definition is Focus on what is important, focus on your family, focus on bettering yourself everyday, and focus on helping as many people as you can. You will always be missed and loved. But one thing you will never have to worry about is we all know to put family first and take care of home. Thank you for Everything you have taught us. Love you Dad. ❤️ David JR

We know how rough the road will be how heavy here the load will be we know about the barricades that weight along the track but we have set our soul ahead Upon A Certain goal ahead and nothing left from hell to Sky shall ever turn us back !  Vince Lombardi. Shane Smith

 My Dad, 

Always willing, Always sharing, Always eager to be fair. Always helping, Always caring, when I need him- Always there. 

Ever loving, ever guiding, ever faithful, ever true. You will always be my dad and I will always take pride in thanking God gave me you! I love you dad!!


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