Nathaniel James ‘Nate’ Smith, 15, attended Princess Anne High School

Nathaniel James 'Nate' Smith
Nathaniel James ‘Nate’ Smith

Nathaniel James “Nate” Smith, 15, came into this world wide-eyed and ready for adventure May 14, 2004. He was born to loving parents James A. Smith and Elissa L. Smith. Nate left his adventure-packed, friend-filled, family-loving life Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.

He is survived by his parents; siblings, Jack-Henry, Leif and Abigail Smith; and more family and friends than any of us could hope to have.

Nate attended the MYP program and continued the I.B. program at Princess Anne High School. He was a member of the esteemed Soundwaves at Princess Anne and played on the PAHS Lacrosse Team. He worked as an assistant campaign manager for several delegates in Virginia Beach. His love for knowledge fueled his unyielding interest in politics and socio-economic issues. He questioned everything and was one of the very few who could compassionately discern between right and wrong, need and want.

While he left us all far too soon, he left us all a little more caring, a lot more compassionate, and completely full of fun memories. His passions were simple, yet deep. He loved his family, his friends, his dog and his cat. His passions were his fellow Soundwave performers, lacrosse teammates, his country, just politics, a good debate, fruity pebbles and his bike.

Nate’s taste in music and topics of conversation were those of an old soul. When he posed you a question or shared a story, he was taking you on a journey that you didn’t want to miss. “Nate the great” is already making heaven a better place. Thank you, Lord, for blessing us with Nate for these 15 short years. He is in the palm of your hand now.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 16, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd.,
Virginia Beach.

Memorial donations may be made in Nate’s memory by visiting

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