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Edward West Smith Jr.

Battle Creek

Edward West Smith Jr. "Big Ed", 77, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016 at Laurels of Bedford. He was born on November 30, 1938, the son of Edward W. Smith and Gussie (Clayton) Smith.

Ed graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1957. After High school he attended Olivet College.  While in college he played football and enjoyed other sports. After college he went to work for post cereals and eventually retired after 38 1/2 years. 

Ed was an early day entrepreneur he owned the Battle Creek Mutual Club, a trucking business and a janitorial service.  He grew up at Mt. Zion AME church and was a supportive donor to charitable organizations.

Edward Jr.  is  survived  by  his  Wife,  Guler  (Bakta) Smith of Battle Creek, Michigan; five  Children, Monica E. (Larry) Smith-Durell of NJ., Rio M. Smith of AZ., Todd E. Smith of MI., Diapolis T. Smith of MI., and Rosetta Brewer of MI. Brother, Donaldo Cedric (Jacquelyn) Smith of Chicago, IL; Sister, Ameater Love of NJ; six Grandchildren, Sakeeah (Jonathan) Lewis-Galban, Antinique (James) Lewis­ Cox, Erol Williams, Kyasia Durell, Kylah Durell, and Khiry Dowdy; 18 great-Grandchildren; former wife, Eleanor Smith and a host of other loving nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; Sister, Barbara Jean Pressley, Brother, Hugh Daniel Smith, Sr., Grandson, Frank Williams, III, and Great-grandson, Najeeb Green-Lewis.

Among his many interests his passion for travel had no equal.  He loved planning trips to various sporting and entertainment events and Las Vegas with friends and family.

You would be hard pressed to find a greater football fan than Big Ed!  On any given Sunday he could be heard enthusiastically cheering for his favorite team.  And it would be done in his own unique signature fashion.

Big Ed had a personality that was larger than life.  And what a life he lived.  He sought to put as much fun in every possible moment.  I'm sure the surviving members of his beloved "Old Timers" Crew could attest to that fact.

Those that knew and loved him would say above all else…..Big Ed did it his own way!

Visitation will be held at the Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service, 375 W. Dickman Road, on Saturday November 12, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 12:00 noon with Dr. Rev. Tino W. Smith officiating.

Interment will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Arrangements by the Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service.   269-788-9800     www.baxterfuneral.com
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Nov. 6, 2016
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