Celebrating the life of

David Quinn Smith

November 05, 1952 - March 14, 2021

David Quinn Smith

Mr. David Quinn Smith died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, on Sunday March 14, 2021 at 5:40pm at the age of 68.  His life was filled with love and laughter.  He enjoyed four generations of his family. He was a lover of life and he lived it to the fullest.

He was born November 5, 1952 to Hilda and Ralph Smith, Sr. in Augusta, Georgia and lived there with his 4 siblings, Ralph (wife Carolyn), Dianne (husband Wren, deceased), Mike (wife Dell), and Jeff (wife Kay), until 1966 when they moved to Savannah, Georgia.  After graduating from Windsor Forest High School he attended Georgia Southern College. He later had a successful career in the insurance industry before retiring in 2009.

David is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 48 years Ruth Davis Smith and two devoted children, Randolph Davis Smith, Sr. and Jennifer Zottola and her husband Jeremy, who was like a son to David. Of all the roles he played in life, the one he enjoyed the most was being a proud and devoted “Grandpa” to his six grandchildren: Ashley Carhuff (husband Daniel), Davis Smith, Emily Smith, Emma Smith (Randy and Cheryl), JD Zottola and Grace Zottola (Jennifer and Jeremy). He was especially proud to be a “Great Grandpa” to Jameson Daniel Carhuff (Ashley and Danny).

David was a great man who loved everyone and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. Always the life of any gathering, he was known for his witty humor and was always quite the character. He was always there when people needed him. He is now having the time of his life singing and making up lyrics to “Blue Christmas” in heaven.

We all miss you “Bud”!

As he was a man of faith, a celebration of life will be held at White Bluff United Methodist Church, 11911 White Bluff Road, Savannah, Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2:00pm with a visitation with family beforehand (1:00pm). Masks will be required.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the American Cancer Society in the memory of David Q. Smith.



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I love and will miss you Uncle David!

- Brigitte Lawlor, St. Augustine, FL

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I will miss you every day of my life!

- Your Baby Girl, Savannah, GA

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time. We know God is with you all. In Christian Love! Reg & Brenda

- Regie & Brenda Price, Lexington, SC

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Thank you for always loving me and taking care of me like a daughter, I will miss you so much and hold all the memories we made in my heart forever♥️

- Cheryl, Savannah, GA

I can only agree with everything in the obit! he should also be remembered for his cooking. Short list: fried and smoked turkeys; barbecued anything, notably pork chops; pot roast; last but not least, low country boil (a/k/a frogmore stew). I want it always remembered the time he brought the cooker, and all the makings, at Christmas time to Sandersville, and set up chairs in our shed so GranRachel, and my mama, could be out of the cold wind, while he made the fabulous low country boil. In the '80s, he single handedly conceived and executed the plan that rebuilt the beach house that was flooded by a burst upstairs toilet, that then grew mold for months. (We had pictures of his son, standing on the ground, and waist up through the floor they replaced.) Our debt to him and his family, from times of need, will never be repaid!

- Robbie Thiele, Savannah , Ga

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- Robert THIELE, Savannah , Ga

When I think of David, I remember him as the teenage young man who fell in love with sweet Ruth and my heart smiles. William and I are holding you all close in our prayers. Sending love your way for comfort and peace.

- Lynn Ernst Clark, Millers Creek, NC

We all have so many fond memories of David and these memories are a tribute to his life. May he create equally fond memories in heaven. Rest In Peace brother, I will miss you. Ralph

- Smith, Savannah, GA

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I was saddened to hear the news of David’s passing. In life, we only saw each other a few time as children but, obviously, being cousins, we know of each other’s family and our love for the Lord. During these days, may God wrap His arms of love around each of you. One day we will all live together where time nor space will ever sever. All my love! Roland

- Roland Quinn Dudley, Springfield, MO

My deepest condolences to the entire family. With much love and prayers for peace and comfort at this time.

- Miriam Beasley, Virginia Beach , Va.

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David, a cousin of ours, was such a fun and loving person to always be around. Whenever we talked on the phone he ALWAYS made my day!!!! We had such joking and laughter in our conversations. Growing up together was such a time we always looked forward to. It could be Sunday lunch, making homemade ice cream, playing outside games, or singing DO Lord around the piano, such wonderful memories I will never forget. Oh, and I must mention playing those great records and us girls (5 of us) fighting over who got to dance with which Smith cousin!!! Such vivid memories I will always keep!!! I will truly miss David. He will always hold a more than special place in my heart! Brenda

- Hall Family , Thomson , Ga

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel