G. Willis Smith

Published 7:43 pm Tuesday, January 7, 2014


G. Willis Smith, 91, of Bainbridge, passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at his residence.
The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at Sylvania United Methodist Church with Rev. Donna Sue Roberts, Rev. Emory Smith and Patrick Neely officiating.
Interment followed at Sylvania Cemetery with Paul Smith, Michael Smith, Brenton Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Stanley Smith, Terry Lee Smith, Russell Smith, and Greg Murray serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were the current and past directors of Grady EMC.
Memorial donations may be made to Sylvania Cemetery Fund, c/o Myrtle Smith, 370 Smithtown Road, Bainbridge, GA 39819.
Mr. Smith was born Sept. 20, 1922 in Bainbridge, the son of Edwin Cook Smith and Emma Ruth Johnson Smith. He was a graduate of Faceville High School and worked at Florida State hospital for 32 years as a wastewater treatment operator and was a lifelong farmer. Mr. Smith was an active member of Sylvania United Methodist Church and served on the board of Grady EMC.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Sam Smith, Leon Smith, and Roland Smith.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Myrtle Smith of Bainbridge; his sons, Ronald W. Smith and his wife, Gail, of Valdosta, Ga. and Dennis R. Smith and his wife, Denise, of Bainbridge; his brothers, Hubert Smith and his wife, Roberta, of Pensacola, Fla., Leonard Smith and his wife, Lanelle, of Pensacola,  and Julian Smith of Pensacola; his grandchildren, Paul Smith, Michael Smith, Susannah Langdale, Esther Dotson, and Elizabeth Blalock; and his great-grandchildren, Brenton Smith, Christian Phillips, Elizabeth Smith, Gray Langdale, Andrew Blalock, and Alexandra Moore.
Ivey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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