Obituary for Donald "Buz" R. Smith

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Donald "Buz" R. Smith

February 16, 1933 - March 22, 2016

Donald R. “Buz” Smith, age 83, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, March 22, 2016 at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. He was a resident of Brown County

Buz was born February 16, 1933, in Greenwood, to the late Ralph R. and Alice C. (Jordan) Smith. He was a 1951 graduate of Helmsburg High School. After graduation, Buz went on to serve as a Seaman First Class Training Devices Airman with the United States Navy from 1951-1955. He married Donna L. Hughes on September 4, 1993 in Greenwood. She survives after 22 loving years of marriage.

Buz retired in 1987 from Eli Lilly after 32 years in the insulin department. He belonged to the Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Mooresville, the Plainfield American Legion Post #13, and the Purple Martin Conservation Society. Buz enjoyed watching Duke Basketball as well as NASCAR with Dale Earnhart Sr. being his favorite driver. He had a Purple Martin Colony, which he enjoyed tending to every spring.

Buz will be missed by his wife, Donna, children: Robert (Teresa) McCalister and Amy (Steven) Park, grandchildren: Samantha, R.J., Candace, Hailee and Michael and great-grandchildren: Breianna, Hunter and Conner, and several nieces and nephews.

Buz was preceded in death by his parents, son Christopher Smith, sisters: Donna Lucas, Barbara Stevens and Mary Alice MacIntyre.

The Rev. Terry Foster will conduct a funeral service at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26th Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Burial with Military Graveside Rites will be presented at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Buz to the organization of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the Smith family at

Information: (812) 597-4670To view his tribute video, you can link directly to the video hosted on our white-labeled site:

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Born: February 16, 1933
Died: March 22, 2016

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Dianna Perry posted on 1/1/00

Hi, my name is Dianna Perry it used to be Dianna Conner. I used to work at Green Acres several years ago. When Buz worked at Eli Lilly he would get off work of a morning and come into the bar to have his Lite beer in a can. Of course he had worked all night so it was his time to wind down. Buz was a great guy. To be honest I thought he had passed a long time ago.I would have invited him to my wedding 24 yes ago.I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Dianna Perry