William A. Smith
1942 - 2021
Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Inc.
609 East King Street
Seaford, DE
William A. Smith
William A. Smith known as "Bussie" departed this life on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at the Bayhealth Hospital in Milford, Delaware due to a lengthy illness.
He was preceded in death by his father, Asbury Smith; mother, Blanche Smith; brother, Ronald Smith; and stepson, Daniel Ward.
Bussie was born August 2, 1942, in Milford, Delaware being the oldest of three sons. He proudly attended William Henry High School in Dover, Delaware where he played football before graduating in 1961. Bussie worked for the state of Delaware juvenile corrections where he retired after servicing more than twenty-five years.
He leaves his memories to cherish to his wife of 24 years, Betty Smith; and three stepchildren, Arlene (Craig) Russell of West Virginia, Joyce Ward of Delaware, James (Michelle) Ward of Delaware; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He also leaves his youngest brother, Marvin Smith of Delaware; sisters-in-law, Pamela Smith of Maryland, Agnes Southerland of Delaware, Myrtle (Benny) Tolson of Delaware, Grace Ward of Delaware, Rosielee Ward of Delaware; brothers-in-law, James Ward of Delaware, Donald Ward of Delaware, Perry Ward of Delaware, and Woodey Ward of Delaware; one nephew, Marcus Smith; four nieces, Andrea Griffin, Marla Christa Smith, Mirica Smith, and Jasmine Smith; two great-nephews and one great-niece; one surviving aunt, Alma Rita Howie of Brooklyn, N.Y.; an exceptional caregiver and friend, Michael Quailes (Brisco); best friend, James Quailes; family companion, Prosper; and a host of loving cousins, and friends.
A viewing will be held on Thursday evening September 23, 2021, from 4-6 p.m. at the Bethel AME Church, 205 N.W. 4th Street, Milford, Del.
Professional services have been entrusted to the Watson- Yates Funeral Home, Seaford, Del., A member of the Parsell Funeral Family.

Published by Delaware State News on Sep. 22, 2021.
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Bethel AME Church
205 West, Milford, DE
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As we sorrow for the loss of another Alumni of our school, William Henry High School, we offer our sincere condolences. To the family we say, we pray the you will find some comfort in happy memories you have of your loved one. Those who remember Bussie will think of the years spent together. We trust and pray that you will trust God to get you thought these sad times.
William Henry High School Alumni Association
September 25, 2021
He was kind, generous, and a defender of younger guys. I remember most his kind spirit and his ferocity on the football field. Memories of him are special. Special condolences to his family. I saw him nearly everyday during our days at Banneker and Wm Henry.
Dr Alvin L Turner
September 22, 2021
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