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George E. "Sonny" Smith

84, Indianapolis, passed away on October 1, 2011. Renowned as a Harlem Globetrotter and member of the Negro Baseball League, he was player and team manager of the Chicago American Giants. He earned many awards and commendations over the years including: in 2000, induction into the Negro Baseball League Hall of Fame; in 2001, induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for the Harlem Globetrotters and the National Baseball Hall of Fame; in 2006, Pioneer Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and in 2009, Marion County Sheriff Department Certificate of Appreciation.

A member of St. John A.M.E. Church and its Sons of Allen, he had served as drummer at the First Freewill Baptist Church. He was employed by A&P and Marsh supermarkets as Meat Department and Seafood Manager, retiring in 2008.

He was an honorably discharged veteran of the U. S. Army.

On Saturday, October 8, there will be calling from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m. at St. John's A.M.E. Church 1669 Columbia Avenue. Entombment will be at Crown Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Margaret B. Smith; children, George Smith, Jr., DeMorris (Candace) Smith), Joi Smith and Jennene Hawkins; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sister, Mayme Blakely and brother, Charles Smith.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Stuart Mortuary . Expressions of condolence and sympathy should be directed to:

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Oct. 6, 2011
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