Mr. Earl Leon Smith Jr.
INMAN, SC-- Mr. Earl Leon Smith Jr., 89, (also lovingly known as Papa, Daddy, Smit, and Junior) of 385 Sunset Ridge Rd, Inman, SC passed away June 22. He was the son of Earl L. Smith and Willie Evans Smith. Born October 15, 1923 in Rowan County, NC.
veteran proudly serving in the US Navy
Air Force as an aviation ordinance man 2C from 1943 - 1945. Graduated Catawba College in Business. Worked faithfully for Home Security Life Insurance for over 25 years. Owner and operator of the Bargain Bin variety store in New Prospect. Born a Republican, Died a Republican. Second love after God and family was the Boston Red Sox.
Smit is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary(Mimi) Brown Smith and his 3 surviving children, Daughter Jamie Gregg(Joe) of Inman, SC, son Ted O Smith of Clinton, SC, daughter Dina Suttles(Chris) of Inman,SC and he was predeceased by two infant sons Richard Byrham Smith and Earl Leon Smith III, two Sisters Wilma Copley, Dot Pamplin and one nephew Larry Rice. Special recognition to his faithful son-in-laws Joe Gregg and Chris Suttles who he loved as his own sons.
Especially loved 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grand daughters, grandchildren Michael Gregg(Catherine), Cassie McAbee(Cameron), and Lucy Lewis(Matthew) of Inman and Johnny Suttles(Amanda) of Charleston, SC. Great-grand children Savannah, Kailey, Abby, Amelia, Mallory, Brooklynn, Alyssa, Lilly and Makayla. Also, niece Geraldine Miles(JC) and great nephews Mark and Rodney Miles of Kannapolis, NC.
Special thanks and recognition to all the Hospice's angels who entered the life of this man we loved.
Memorial services with military honors will be held Sunday June 30th 3:00PM at New Life Baptist Fellowship, 350 Old Furnace Road, Boiling Springs 29316 by Reverend Bill Harris and nephew Mark Miles. Family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Whitten Center Parents Club, P. O. Box 239 Clinton, SC 29325 in honor of his son Ted O. Smith. Cremation Society of SC-Westville Chapel (864) 233-7334