SMITH, WILLIAM H., SR. 89
Hawthorne - William H. "Bill" Smith, Sr., 89, of Hawthorne passed away Monday, Febru-ary 17, 2014 at the Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka following an extended illness.
Mr. Smith was born to par-ents, Daniel Maloy and Mary Alma Bruton Smith on March 1, 1924. He retired from the United States Navy in 1973 as a Chief Photographer's Mate after 30 years of service to his country. After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Smith attended school in Toledo, Ohio and be-came a licensed Meat Cutter. He owned and operated the former Smith's Grocery in Johnson and Eureka. He had owned and operated a cattle ranch in Northwest Florida. He had also owned and operated Bill's Fish Camp in Suwannee. He was a licensed Boat Captain. He was a member of the Woodlawn Baptist Church in Johnson where he served as a Deacon. Mr. Smith was a member and Past Master of the Hawthorne Lodge #103, Free and Accepted Masons and the Keystone Shrine Club in Keystone Heights and the American Legion, Post #230, in Hawthorne. He enjoyed horses, fishing and hunting in Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thalia Smith; a son, Jeff Smith; a brother, Daniel Smith; and a grand-daughter, Alexis Smith.
Mr. Smith is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, William H. Smith, Jr. and his wife, Barbara of Tallahassee, Wayne and Debbie Smith of Ormond Beach, and Mike and Johnnie Smith of St. Augustine; six grandchildren and spouses, William H. "Billy" Smith, III of Tallahassee, Jason Smith of Tallahassee, Jimmy Smith of Ormond Beach, Michael Smith, Jr. and wife, Taylor of St. Augustine, Phillip and Tabitha Smith of West Virginia and Becky Bigelow of Ormond Beach and four great grand-children.
The funeral will be 2:00p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Woodlawn Baptist Church in Johnson with Pastors Charles Litzell and L.D. Osteen officiating. The family will begin receiving friends at 1:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will follow in the Hawthorne Cemetery. The United States Navy will bestow Military Honors at the cemetery. Masonic Rites will be be-stowed by the Masonic Lodge # 103 of Hawthorne.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the American Legion, Post 230, 20370 SE Hawthorne Rd., Hawthorne, FL 32640.
Messages of sympathy may be expressed on his online guest book at
Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2014