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Dr. Duane Howard Smith

July 18, 1933 October 4, 2018
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Dr. Duane Howard Smith, age 85 of Wilkesboro, passed away Thursday, October 4th 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 12:00 Noon, November 18th, 2018 at the John A. Walker Center on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro.

Dr. Smith was born July 18, 1933 in Ohio to Howard E. Smith and Mary Caroline Catherine Schulte Smith. He moved to Wilkes in 1974 along with his wife, the former Darlene Russell (Rusty) Carter, who had family members in Wilkes. Mrs. Smith worked by his side as a nurse, physician assistant, surgical assistant and sonographer for his entire career. The Smiths were married for 61 years, prior to her death in November 2017. Dr. Smith built Foothills Center in 1980, and rebuilt it at the same location after it burned in 1996. While he never kept count, throughout his practice, he delivered at least 20,000 babies calculated on an average of 25 a month, which he admitted was a conservative estimate. In 2014, Dr. Smith stopped delivering babies after 51 years. During his 40 years in Wilkes, he cared for three generations of families. During an interview in 2014, he was quoted as saying that he has continued to work “because I love it, and I love my patients…..and I don’t know how to do anything else.” He continued to practice as a gynecologist and surgeon at Foothills Center for Women, working about five hours a day until he retired. One of Dr. Smith’s daughters, Pam Sloop a family nurse practitioner took over as the primary care provider for the practice. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served his country in the Vietnam War. Dr. Smith was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wilkesboro.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, and a sister; Marian Smith Winner.

He is survived by two daughters; Pamela Sue Smith Sloop and husband, Davy R. Sloop of Wilkesboro, Lynda Carol Smith Chasar of North Wilkesboro, two sons; Stephen Smith and wife Kahkashan of Greensboro and Scott Smith and wife Lucinda of Boone, eleven grandchildren; Emily Anne Sloop, Evan D. Sloop, Erin Sloop Kearney, Jacob Raymond Stalder, Mara Frances Rose Chasar, Beatrice Smith, Eliot Smith, Carter Smith, Megan Diane Smith, Samia Shahnawaz and Salwa Shahnawaz and two great grandchildren; Liam P. Kearney and Maslynn Stalder.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorials be made to WCC Foundation PO Box 120 Wilkesboro, NC 28697 Attn: Allison Phillips.

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12:00 PM 11/18/2018 12:00:00 PM
John A. Walker Center

1328 S. Collegiate Drive
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

John A. Walker Center
1328 S. Collegiate Drive Wilkesboro 28697 NC
United States

Memorial Contribution

Wilkes Community College Endowment Corp. c/o Allison Phillips

PO Box 120
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

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