Adam Christopher Smith, 24, outdoorsman who didn’t shy away from adventure

Adam Christopher Smith

Adam Christopher Smith, 24, unexpectedly left us to be with the Lord Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. Born March 29, 1995, in Virginia Beach, to Brian and Tami Smith, Adam burst forth into this world with fiery red hair and a bright smile to bring joy and mischief to all he knew.

He grew up in Knotts Island, North Carolina, where he attended Currituck County Schools and later moved to Virginia Beach. Adam never met a stranger, so no matter where he was, he was well known and loved.

Adam was an avid skateboarder and could often be found on his board taking his dog, Nala, for a walk or skating around the Oceanfront, exploring with his friends. Adam deeply loved all types of music, except for country music. He enjoyed spending time outdoors. In particular, he found snowboarding in Colorado, hiking in Washington state and exploring Mexico to be some of his most cherished experiences and memories. However, he always loved coming back home to Nanny and Papa’s house on Knotts Island. Adam also loved going out to practice shooting his guns, and he was one hell of a shot. As a child, he could shoot dragonflies mid-flight with his Red Ryder BB gun.

Most importantly, Adam had a deep love for his family, cherishing the time he spent with them, even if it was as simple as hanging out with his dad and brother, calling his mom at all hours of the night, going to Grandma’s house for some of her cake, or getting a hug or smile accompanied by a “Hey Uncle Ace” from his beloved nieces and nephew.

Adam brought so much love and joy to the lives of those who were around him. He will always be remembered for his intelligence, gentleness and kindness towards others. He was never afraid to introduce himself, and he had a way of making all those around him feel special. He always seemed to look out for others, constantly putting them before himself. He was a true friend to those close to him — ready and willing at a moment’s notice to give them a place to sleep or the coat off his back.

Adam was born with a heart too big for this world, and that was demonstrated by the impact he had on everyone who met him. No matter what his own situation was, Adam would always give to the homeless. Whether they were asking for something or not, he would stop and give them a cigarette, money or his time, sometimes just sitting and talking with them for a while. Adam had the kindest heart and would help anybody in need, all while battling his own demons. Yet, whenever he was out and about, he had the biggest smile on his face. That smile will be greatly missed by family, friends and strangers alike.

Adam is survived by his adoring parents, Brian D. and Tami Etheridge Smith; best friend and brother, Shane Smith, and his wife, Alison; maternal grandparents, Larry and Jane Etheridge; paternal grandmother, Shirley Smith; great-grandmother, Elizabeth “Grandma Love” Etheridge; beloved nieces and nephew, Aundrea, Connor and Alivia; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his dog, Nala, all who will miss him dearly. He was greeted in heaven by his paternal grandfather, Al “Big Al” Smith.

Visiting hours will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, followed by a celebration of life.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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