November 17, 1992
WILLIAM SMITH, RETAIL MANAGER
William Baldwin Smith, former manager of Leggett’s Department store in Hampton and a former board member of the Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Association, died Monday, Nov. 16.
Mr. Smith started at the Newport News Leggett’s in 1942 as head of the men’s department. Later that year, he started service in World War II with the Army Ordnance Corps. He returned to Leggett’s in 1946. Three years later, the Rocky Mount native was named manager of the Hampton branch of the department store, retiring from that post in 1974.
During his tenure as manager, Mr. Smith was named retailer of the year by the Hampton Retail Merchants Association in 1966. He also was named an honorary member of the Distributive Education Clubs of America for his “outstanding contributions to the program of distributive education.”
In 1972, Mr. Smith was appointed to the board of the Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Association. He resigned from the post a year later, citing professional and personal distractions.
He was a member and past vice president of the Virginia Retail Merchant Association and a member of Lancaster Masonic Lodge 88 and the NorLan Shrine Club of Kilmarnock. Mr. Smith was a member of the Million Dollar Shrine Club of Khedive Temple in Norfolk. He was also a charter member of the Lions Club of White Stone and an honorary member of the Hampton Exchange Club.
Mr. Smith was a member of First Methodist Church in Hampton, where he served on the board of trustees. He was also a member of White Stone United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Adams Smith; and a brother, John T. Smith of Dry Fork.
Visitation will be at the residence. Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Thursday at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock. Burial will be in White Stone United Methodist Church Cemetery.