Donnell M. Smith


Donnell Middleton Smith, a retired Realtor and avid outdoorsman, died of a heart attack Monday in the room where he was born. He was 78.

Services for Mr. Smith will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Lane in Owings Mills.

He lived his entire life in the family home in Stevenson.

Son of a Baltimore architect, Mr. Smith spent much of his life fishing and hunting game on the Eastern Shore. He pursued his favorite pastime right up to his death, bagging a goose in Cecil County on the last day of the goose season while hunting with his grandson.

Mr. Smith was a graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., and, in 1936, of the University of Virginia, where he played quarterback. In 1940, he married the former Florence Elizabeth Cover. He served as a naval officer during World War II.

Former owner of a real estate company bearing his name, Mr. Smith had been state chairman of the Multiple Listing Bureau, a board member of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors and past president of the Baltimore County Appraisers Society.

He was state chairman of Ducks Unlimited, past president of the Maryland Chapter of the University of Virginia Alumni Association, a former subscriber of the Bachelors Cotillon and a member of the Maryland Club.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Smith's survivors are a daughter, Anne Donnell Smith of Stevenson; a son, Donnell M. Smith Jr. of Towson; two brothers, Thomas W. Smith of Stevenson and S. Yeardley Smith of Gibson Island, and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Ducks Unlimited Maryland, M.A.R.S.H. Project, 1210 Howe Court, Odenton, Md. 21113 or the Virginia Student Aid Foundation, in care of G. Lawson Drinkard III, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 7525, Charlottesville, Va., 22906

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