Donald Elwood Soles

Published 12:36 pm Thursday, September 7, 2017

Donald Elwood Soles Sr. 77, of Smithfield went to be with his Lord and Savior, on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 in Riverside Hospital.  Donald was born the son of the late Vonnie Elwood Soles and Ruby Letha Cox Soles.  He began his career in the flooring business in Wilmington, N.C. with Sherwin Williams and went on to open his own flooring company, Tidewater Floors Inc., in Chesapeake. Donald was a direct descendant of George Soule and a member of the Virginia Mayflower Society and a member of Smithfield Baptist Church.  Donald is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce Cathey Soles.  His sons Donald Elwood Soles Jr. M.D. and his wife Nancy, and Jeffrey Keith Soles and his wife Deanna; five grandchildren, Donald Elwood Soles III, Andrea Leigh Soles, Elizabeth Caroline Soles, Loyal Douglas Soles and Bennett Nolan Soles.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. in Smithfield Baptist Church with burial to follow in St. Luke’s Memorial Park cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Little’s Funeral Home on Friday Sept. 8, 6 7:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Lung Association, or Smithfield Baptist Church, 100 Wainwright Drive, Smithfield, VA 23430.  Online condolences may be registered at

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