Ezell Smith Jr.
1944 - 2021
BORN
1944
DIED
2021
Ezell Smith, Jr. was born May 17, 1944 in Gary, Indiana. He was the second child born to Ezell Smith, Sr. and Icie Mae (Hibbitt) Smith, with an older brother, Robert and a younger sister, Helen. Ezell was educated in the Gary Public School System, graduating from Gary Roosevelt High School in 1963. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his parents: Ezell Smith, Sr & Icie Mae Smith, his brother, Robert and daughter, Diva Jeneen Smith Davis. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 52 years, Cheryl, son, Emmitt (Sharletha) of Indianapolis, IN; sister, Helen (Turner) Pugh; Valparaiso, IN; grandchildren: Elder Russell M. Davis, McKinney, TX; James E. Davis, Jr., Saline, Michigan, Alexis J. Davis, Bolingbrook, IL; Elijah, Emmanuel, Ethan & Kaitlin Smith; mother-in-law: Velma J. Britt; sisters-in-law, Joanne Turner, Merrillville, IN; Joni Powell, Merrillville, IN; Denise Fussell, Chicago, IL; Edream (Thomas) Mallard, Broadview, IL; Miranda (Gerald) Williams, Coats, N.C.; and Estella (Christopher) Anderson, Bellwood, IL; and brothers-in-law, Donald (Lynnell) Britt, Aurora, CO; Kenneth Britt, Gary, IN; and Solomon Britt, Chicago, IL. Special friends: Pastor Timothy F. Brown, Jeff Naves, Gilbert Williams, Sam Miles & Robert Millard. In addition, he leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 14, 2021 from 9 - 11 a.m., funeral services immediately following. All services will be held at First Baptist Church 626 W. 21st Avenue, Gary, IN., Senior Pastor Timothy F. Brown.


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Published by Post-Tribune from Jun. 10 to Jun. 13, 2021.
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Jun
14
Visitation
9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
First Baptist Church
626 W. 21st Avenue, Gary, IN
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14
Funeral service
11:00a.m.
First Baptist Church
626 W. 21st Avenue, Gary, IN
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Cheryl, may you find comfort from precious memories of Ezell. They will sustain you in the days and years to come. May God continue to wrap His loving arms around your entire family. You will find strength in them.
Alyne Dawson-Washington
Acquaintance
June 14, 2021
Deepest sympathy during this difficult time. GOD is still good all the time. I will be praying for the family.
Gwendolyn Hemphill
Classmate
June 12, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Will Hargrove
Acquaintance
June 12, 2021
Dearest Cheryl my lifelong friend and all your family, my heartfelt condolences, prayers and blessings go out and around you. Ezell is (notice present tense) is good. He loves you and is the “Girl Dad” of girl-dads. I remember, like it was yesterday, when you introduced me to your then “boyfriend.” He is a man after God’s own heart.
Through your grief and tears, rejoice in knowing that Heaven is even more glorious because Ezell lives in Paradise.
J. Evelyn Bell Brewster
Friend
June 12, 2021
My sincere condolences, to Cheryl and family, Ezell held a special place in my husbands heart when he became Deacon, we were both so proud of him. He will truly be missed, praying for the entire Smith family, This too shall pass.!!! Juanita Holmes Family Covington, Ga.
Juanita Holmes
Friend
June 12, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Norman and Willena Ginn
Neighbor
June 12, 2021
Helen and Family,

You have our heartfelt condolences in the transition of your Beloved Brother, Ezell. May the fond memories help sustain you in the months to come.

Yours in Christ,
Jimmie and Daisy Curtis
Classmate
June 12, 2021
Cheryl

My heartfelt condolences to you and the family. May God continue to wrap His loving arms around you and bring you His peace and understanding. Ezell will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. A genuinely free hearted good man who loved his family.
Net Batiste
Friend
June 11, 2021
Ezell was not only my brother in law but a "real" brother to me. He was always available to assist in any way as we called on him often. Dear Brother, you will be greatly missed and forever loved!
Joanne Turner
Sister
June 11, 2021
Sending prayers of peace & comfort to my Velt ‘63 classmate’s family, as you prepare to celebrate a life well-lived
Lenora Barnes
Friend
June 11, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. The comfort and strength be with you and your family as you lay your loved one to rest. God be with you through all your days.
Phocia (Jeanie) Jackson
June 11, 2021
Cheryl,
You have my sincere condolences.
May the peace of God continue to comfort, strengthen and keep you and your family through it all is my prayer.
Andrea McDonald
Friend
June 10, 2021
My sincere prayers and condolences to Cheryl Smith and Family
Deborah Robinson
Friend
June 10, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Marsha Clemmons
Classmate
June 10, 2021
Ezell loved God, his family, his friends and the outdoors. He was a very caring, loving, giving gentleman who enjoyed sharing with others and helping others. I was truly blessed to have him as a brother-in-law for 40 years. I will truly miss him. My love, prayers and condolences go out to Cheryl and all of our family.
Lynnell Britt
Family
June 10, 2021
Cheryl and family, We offer our sincere condolences and prayers. God WILL take care of YOU
Regina Bullock
Friend
June 10, 2021
To Cheryl and family
Deepest condolences, peace love
SALINE AND BRIAN
Saline mcguire
Friend
June 10, 2021
Talked with Ezell at First Baptist Church and shared stories about our aches and pains from running hurdles. He was a terrific athlete and person. May God comfort Cheryl Smith and family during these moments of bereavement.
Minietta Coleman-Nelson
Friend
June 10, 2021
Praying for Cheryl family and friends of my friend Ezell. God will strength the family and each of us. Thank God for blessing Cheryl and Ezell in a long and loving togetherness in marriage.
Tick Martin
Friend
June 9, 2021
My heart-felt condolences to the family of Ezell. You were a fun filled, funny guy. Besides being one of the best fisherman I knew. You and Ernie. Those smelt and that salmon was the tasty fish. You will be missed by everyone that knew you. R.I.H. May GOD bless those you leave behind, with the best memories every. GOD grant you his favor also.
Zenobia Hodges
Friend
June 9, 2021
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