Philip Duke Smith

Born: Mon., Mar. 2, 1964
Died: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019


11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Oct. 19, 2019
Location: Cherokee United Methodist Church

Memorial Service

12:00 PM Sat., Oct. 19, 2019
Location: Cherokee United Methodist Church

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Obituary of Philip Duke Smith

Philip Duke Smith, 55, of Cherokee, NC passed away on October 16th, 2019 at the Cherokee Indian Hospital surrounded by his loving family following a long battle with illness. 

Born on March 2, 1964 and known to everyone as Duke he was the son of Dee Smith of Cherokee.  He graduated from Cherokee High School and Southwestern Community College with a degree in Masonry. He worked in construction, mainly in Virginia Beach, VA but, later returned home to Cherokee where he enjoyed working on home renovations and Award-Winning Wood Carvings.

Duke was a avid Cherokee Braves and a Duke Blue Devils fan, he also loved NASCAR racing, fishing, outdoor activities and was well versed in 1980’s rock music.  He had a great sense of humor and a caring, generous personality. He volunteered for church missions in South America, Mexico, and storm relief work in Louisiana, North Carolina and Virginia.

Duke was proceeded in death by close family friend, Gus George and grandparents, Ralph “Tony” and Kathryn Thompson.

He is survived by son, James Hargrave (Kelly), grandchildren, Hunter, Nate, and Brooke, all of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; His mother, Dee Smith; sisters, Kathi (Leroy) Littlejohn, Jan (Howard) Smith, Phyll (Bubba) Reed, Laura Smith; nieces and nephews; special Friend, Arlene Squirrel and her family.

A visitation with the family will be on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at 11:00am at the Cherokee United Methodist Church.  A Memorial Service will follow immediately at 12:00pm with Reverend John Feree officiating.

Long House Funeral Home assisted the family in the final arrangements.




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Sharon Smith
   Posted Fri October 18, 2019
Thinking of you all and praying for comfort and strength during this difficult time! My heart is saddened! Green Grass and High Tides Duke♥️

Dale Walsh
   Posted Fri October 18, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear of Duke's passing. He was a wonderful person. My condolences to his family and friends. He will truly be missed. In my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Dale Walsh

Kenneth Owle
   Posted Fri October 18, 2019
I am sorry that I cant attend the service for a long time friend even though it has been years it seems like yesterday! My condolences to the family and I will be praying for the family and friends as they go through this trying and rough time!

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