EDDIE LEE SMITH, 63, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. He grew up partly in Atlanta, Ga., and Detroit, Mich., before his family moved to Fort Wayne. Eddie attended Elmhurst High School where he played football as a tight end. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after graduating from high school. In the years that followed his honorable discharge from military service, Eddie received his BA in Psychology from Purdue University, Fort Wayne then further advanced his education in order to embark on a career in healthcare. His healthcare career started with him working as an LPN before eventually becoming a Registered Nurse (RN). Eddie worked as a travel RN for many years. He traveled the country living and caring for his patients in several states including: Arizona, Pennsylvania and Maryland, before choosing to live and work full-time as an RN in the state of Florida. Eddie not only loved to travel, but was also an avid writer, football fan and film enthusiast who especially loved documentaries. He is survived by his mother, Flora Toni Fletcher; brother, Norman Lamar Smith; aunt, Lisa (Chris) Wells; daughter, Ebony (nee Smith) (Daniel) Bitner; son, Richard (Nakesha) Smith; cousin, Alex (Ashley); granddaughter, Lyndzie Smith; and numerous friends, colleagues and associates. No public services will take place. Those wishing to honor Eddie can make a charitable donation in his name and memory to the American Cancer Society
. His family truly appreciates everyone's love and support.
Published by Fort Wayne Newspapers on Oct. 9, 2021.