City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

David Guest Smith, Sr.

Apex, North Carolina

Age 86.
Died 11/28/2023.

David Guest Smith, Sr.
David Guest Smith, 86, passed away peacefully with family by his side on November 28, 2023 following a short illness. Born August 10, 1937 in Highland Falls, New York to George Perry Smith and Nanette Guest Smith, Dave grew up in Decatur, Illinois. It was here he played sousaphone in the marching band, graduated from Decatur High School in 1954, and Millikin University in 1958 with a degree in engineering.

With a love of flying, upon graduation from Millikin, Dave entered the Air Force as an active member until 1959 and continued to serve for 10-years more as an Air Force Reservist on medical evacuation transports. A life-long passion, Dave would always jump at the opportunity to get up in the sky regardless of how or why. When somebody would visit, after asking how their flight was, Dave would always follow up with “what type of aircraft were you on?” It is during his time in the reserves that Dave met his future wife, Alice Quick, marrying in New York in August of 1968.

Employed by IBM in the late 60’s, Dave worked in IT before there was such a thing, eventually moving to Quincy, Illinois, where he and Alice started a family. In 1970 they moved to the Chicago area where he worked as a Systems Analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank. Known as “Doctor Dave” by his co-workers for his regular newsletter help column, he worked at the Federal Reserve for 25-years until his retirement in 1995. In 2000, Dave and Alice moved to Hertford, North Carolina, where they built their retirement home and fell in love with their small community. An active member of Episcopal Church of Hertford Choir and the Albemarle Chorale, Dave enjoyed singing in local concerts and did so up until a year before his passing.

Sailing was another passion and Dave owned several small sailboats throughout his life, preferring them to motorboats, which he referred to as “stink pots.” As member of several sailing clubs, Dave enjoyed racing his boats locally and crewed once in the Chicago to Mackinac race. But he was equally happy simply puttering around on Lake Michigan or the Albemarle Sound of North Carolina.

Dave is survived by his wife, Alice; brother Robert; two sons David and Michael; and grandson Nathaniel. He will be laid to rest in Hertford, North Carolina. For additional information or for service details, please reach out to the family directly. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to the following 501c3 charitable organizations. The Alzheimer’s Association at The Albemarle Chorale, Attn: Treasurer, 305 N. Broad Street, Edenton NC 27932.

For additional information or for service details, please reach out to the family directly.

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Direct Cremation


Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. We include everything you need for a simple or direct cremation. Simple, affordable and reliable. We have not changed the cost of our direct cremation service since we opened City of Oaks in 2012.

Cremation with Solidified Remains


We offer the option of choosing how you receive your loved ones remains. Selecting our Direct Cremation with Solidified Remains option is a beautiful way to transform cremated remains into 40-60 “stones” that you can hold.

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Immediate Burial


An immediate burial has the same end result as a traditional burial; however, we have eliminated the extra (sometimes unnecessary) services prior to getting to the cemetery. Not everyone wants an open casket for viewing or a limousine for the family. Despite the term immediate, we can move as fast as you need or as slow as you like. This option simply allows you to save money by eliminating some of the fancy extras at the funeral home.

Traditional Funeral


We offer the same traditional funeral services as the big corporately owned funeral homes in the area; however, we cost about half the amount. You might consider a traditional funeral service if your family is looking for an open casket visitation, a traditional church service or a funeral service in the funeral home's chapel. A traditional funeral service can be altered to fit the needs of your family.

Green Burial


This establishment is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service. Our Green options allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials/chemicals.



As an alternative to traditional cremation, City of Oaks Funeral Home also offers Aquamation. The Aquamation process, often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, uses a solution of water and potassium hydroxide to facilitate natural decomposition.

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