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Nov. 12, 1949 – Nov. 6, 2022

Larry E. Smith, 72, dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend – passed away surrounded by his wife and daughter at home in Greenville on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, after many years of suffering.

Larry was born to Joe Mixon Smith and Reba Mitchell in Brantley on Nov. 12, 1949. He was a character from the bevy, always with his own tune and little dance, that loved to make people smile. He liked to tease his sister Pamela (Smith) Till, who was born just two days shy of his 14th birthday, that she was the reason he never got his motorbike. He was often found at his Maw and Paw’s house, Sylvester and Louraine Smith. He had a special love for his grandparents, even holding the pillow his Maw made him as a child as he passed.

He married the love of his life, wife Deborah on March 27, 1981, and was always happy to tell everyone about his fiery red headed termite, and that what the boss says goes.

He was a loving father to their son, William Joseph Smith (1975), and their daughter, Sonia Nicole (Smith) Betterton (1983). As much pride and love as he had for his children it did not compare to the love of his grandchildren: William Christopher Smith (2002), Chelsie Lynn Betterton (2004), and Jonathan Andrew Smith (2005).

He is survived by wife Deborah; children, William (Angela) Smith and Nicole (Smith) Betteron; grandchildren, Christopher Smith, Chelsie Betterton, and Jonathan Smith; sister, Pamela (Smith) Till (Thomas); in-laws, Billy (Jeanie) Dunnavant and Linda (Rickey, 2015) Dunnavant; nieces and nephews, Mickey Dunnavant, Wendy (Dunnavant) Prine, Santa Dunnavant, April Dunnavant, Meaghan (Till) Wright, Morgan (Till) Jackson, and Mixon Till; and continued growing family.

Memorial Services were held at Midway Community Church, 40 Shamrock Lane, Honoraville, at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13. The family would like to thank everyone for the prayers and condolences at this time and ask that in leu of flowers that donations be made to their charity of choice in Larry’s name.

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