The first sheriff in the City of Danville has died.
Charles “Charlie” Smith died late Monday night. He was 90.
He served as the High Constable for the City of Danville from 1962-1969, and was elected as the first Sheriff of the Danville Sheriff’s Office in 1970. He served as Sheriff until retiring in 1986.
Smith was instrumental in building the current Danville city jail, which was modern at the time of its construction.
He was also instrumental in bringing the Good News Jail Prison Ministry to the jail.
Visitation for Smith is from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Townes Funeral Home. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Friday at Highland Burial Park.
Smith was predeceased by his wife, Virginia Howard Smith.
Here is the news release from the Danville Sheriff’s Office:
The Danville Sheriff s Office is saddened to learn of the death of its first Sheriff, Charles J. "Charlie" Smith. Sheriff Smith passed away late Monday night in the company of his family.
He was 90 years old and was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Virginia Howard Smith.
Sheriff Smith served as the High Constable for the City of Danville from 1962-1969, and was elected the first Sheriff of Danville in 1970. He served as Sheriff until he retired in December of 1986. Among the many accomplishments during his tenure as Sheriff, he was instrumental in the construction of the current city jail which was the modem design for its time. During the construction of the jail, Sheriff Smith remained committed to being a good steward of taxpayer's money.
Sheriff Smith was also instrumental in bringing the Good News Jail Prison Ministry to the jail.
The program still exists today and provides chaplains, volunteers, counseling, and educational programs to inmates in jails and prisons worldwide.
Sheriff Smith was respected and loved by all who knew him. His legacy will live on at the Danville Sheriff s Office for years to come.
The arrangements for Sheriff Charlie Smith are:
- Visitation on Thursday, October 11th from 6:30PM-8:00PM
at Townes Funeral Home.
- The funeral is also at Townes on Friday, October 12th at
1:OOPM. The internment will follow at Highland Burial