The Valdosta Daily Times
September 20, 1922 - January 3, 2014
G. Willis Smith, 91, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at his residence.
The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at Sylvania United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donna Sue Roberts and the Rev. Emory Smith officiating. Interment will follow in 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.
The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at Ivey Funeral Home. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com. 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, Ga., 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 waste water treatment operator and was a lifelong farmer. Mr. Smith was a member of Sylvania United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Myrtle Smith of Bainbridge, Ga.; his sons, Ronald W. Smith and his wife, Gail, of Valdosta, 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, Fla., and Julian Smith of Pensacola, Fla.; 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. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Sam Smith, Leon Smith, and Roland Smith. — Ivey Funeral Home, Bainbridge