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.