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Steve Smith

December 18, 1959 — April 29, 2024

Prosperity

Steve Smith

Harold Stephen Smith, known to those that loved him as Steve, of Prosperity, South Carolina, passed away after a long battle of health complications due to type 1 diabetes at the age of 64.  He was born in Winnsboro, South Carolina to the late Harold Llyod Smith and the late Joyce Smith Mitchell.


Steve graduated from Fairfield Central High School where he was involved in multiple sports.  Steve then attended Newberry College on athletic scholarship where he shined on the football field.  He majored in hospitality and hotel management.   While in college Steve met his future wife of 27 years, Teresa Berley.  Together they shared three wonderful children and many memories.


Always a bright light in any room, Steve never met a stranger and was always the first to welcome those around him into any gathering. Steve had a remarkable sense of humor and loved to make those around him laugh and smile whenever possible.  Even during his multiple extended hospital stays late in life, he was known by his medical teams as someone who could bring joy into a difficult situation and was often referred to as ‘the perfect patient’.


Steve was a man of deep faith, and lived by the teachings of Jesus, even during the most difficult of medical struggles and declining health at a young age.  He taught those around him to always offer forgiveness and understanding in any situation, as Jesus would. His greatest accomplishment was sharing that faith with his family and friends, and truly showing what it meant to be steadfast during difficult times.  He never let a moment pass without sharing his gratitude for those around him when help was needed and was fiercely independent until the very end.


Along with his faith, family was paramount to Steve, his greatest adventure was becoming a grandfather, when he became lovingly known as ‘Pops’ to his grandchildren.  The amount of love and pride he showed for his children and grandchildren will forever be ingrained in their hearts and will continue to help shape each of them into the individuals they are.


Steve will always be a testament to what it meant to live life to the fullest with an open heart, even when dealt with some of life’s hardest struggles.


In addition to his parents, Steve is preceded in death by his oldest sister, Pamela Simmons and baby brother Jeffery Smith.


Steve is survived in death by his four deeply loved children; Candace (Donald, Jr.) Stockman, Whitney (Jonathan) Smith, Stevie Abigail (Noel) Lindler, and Joshua Conrad. As well as his six beautiful grandchildren; Claire DaeLynn Stockman, Robert Lane Stockman, Elijah Stephen Smith, Karly Jean-Ann Siccardi, Elliot Paul Conrad, and Owen Scott Conrad.  Also surviving is his beloved sister and best friend, Tammy (Daryl) Moore.  He is also survived by his loving nieces and nephews; Amanda Simmons, Dustin Moore, Jessica Odom, and Brandon Berley.


A private service will be held by the family at a later date.


The family would like to thank those at Newberry County Council on Aging, Grand Strand Hospital, Lexington Medical Center, and Batesburg-Leesville Dialysis center for all their dedication to Steve. A special thank you to Dr. Himardi Dasgupta of MUSC Cardiology, and Bennie Gilliam of NCCOA for their loving support and friendship over the years.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks for you to please consider becoming an organ donor.  Donations in Steve’s memory can also be made to the National Kidney Foundation, online at support.kidney.org or to the Newberry County Council on Aging (NCCOA) at 1300 Hunt Street, Newberry SC 29108.


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