Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 9:03 am
Billy Smith, 84, of Grand Rapids, Mich., died Monday, Aug. 23, 2010.
Services were held at noon on Thursday at the Ivy K., Gillespie Moody Memorial Chapel in Grand Rapids with Rev. Leonard Gant officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Grand Rapids.
Sam Ash Jr., Steven Gilbreath, Willie Gilbreath, Garfield Hodges and Curtis Pinder served as pallbearers.
Smith was born Oct. 23, 1925 in Martin, son of the late Sandy and Sarah Clemons Smith. He was a veteran of the United States Army in the Korean War. Upon his return from the war he obtained employment with General Motors Fisher Body where he retired in 1988 after 41 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Janice Smith of Grand Rapids; one daughter, Sandra Smith Jennings of Lawrenceville, Ga.; one son and daughter-in-law, William and Lenore Smith Jr. of Lawrenceville; four grandchildren, William and Louise Smith III of Macon, Ga., Gabriel Jennings of Wilmington, N.C., Aaron Smith and Shauntavia Smith, both of Lawrenceville; and five great-grandchildren, Xavier Curl, Isaiah Shepard, Josiah Shepard, Alana Smith and Amira Eller Jennings; and a cousin, Bob Smith of Martin.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Lawrence Smith; and one granddaughter, Myla Jennings Shepard.