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Willie H. Smith was born in Gibson County Trenton, Tennessee on August 1, 1947 to the late Annie B. Smith and Henry Wallace Hooker and later adopted by the late Willie J. Smith.
He was affectionately known as “Bubble”, “Papa”,” Dad”, and “Daddy”. He was a caring and loving husband, father, grandfather whose warm smile and presence will be missed by all. He was a special person in all of our lives who had a loving heart when it came to his children and grandchildren. He took pride in raising his children and grandchildren in a Christian foundation. He confessed Christ at an early age under the leadership of the late Reverend Jesse White, Sr. and years later he became a member of Greater New Hope Christian Assembly Stockbridge, GA under the leadership of Reverend Daniel Edwards, Sr. He was united in holy matrimony to Maxine (Woods) Smith on December
Willie graduated from Central High School and went to Indiana University Bloomington where he was a fraternal member of Kappa Alpha Psi. He served in the United States Army from June 1967 to July 1969 in which he served as a Sergeant and was honorably discharged. He was employed by the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana Street Department where he retired with 20 years of service.
Willie was an avid reader who loved coaching Village Little League Baseball teams and several basketball teams for years. His favorite past time was traveling with his family and enjoying family gatherings. He had a contagious smile, a loving and caring person who was passionate about the Lord and his family. He touched the lives and hearts of everyone he met or came in contact with. It’s his desire that his legacy of love, strength and wisdom will be evident in each one of our lives.
Willie H. Smith ascended to his heavenly home on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and leaves to cherish his loving wife of 52 years, Maxine Smith; one son, Mycal (Juanita) Kelly; two daughters, Jenee’ (Michael) Harris and Shanda (Quiyon ) Brooks, Sr.; Goddaughters , Lucy Smith and Dava Clay; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; siblings, Shirley Smith , Darlene (Joe) Patterson, Sherri (JR) Brown-Mines, James P. (Callie) Williams, Sam Hatch and Tommie D. Hooker; aunts, Mae Frances Hooker and Annie Murriel Hooker; uncle, Tommie D. Hooker; sister-in-law, Peggy Williams with a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, including special friend Jesse White; special niece and nephew, Ashley Woods and Melvin Woods, Jr.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, one great-grandchild; two brothers, Howard Gomes, and Joseph Williams, Sr.; best friend, Darryl Patterson and a special cousin/brother, Tommie Darryl Hooker.
Willie will be laid to rest in Concordia Cemetery Gardens.