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Mr. J.B. Smith, 87

Services for Mr. J.B. Smith, 87, who died Feb. 14, were held Feb. 24 at Mt. Calvary
Baptist Church with Elder Gregory Rainey Jr., Evangelist Alma Haynes, the Rev. Henry Josey, and Supt. James Futch officiating. Burial was in Hill Memorial Cemetery in Hazlehurst.
Pallbearers were family and friends.
Mr. Smith was born in Glenwood Sept. 28, 1936, to the late Theodore Roosevelt Smith Sr. and NeDora W. Smith of Lumber City.
He graduated from Jordan McArthur High School with high honors in 1954. Shortly after graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Pennsylvania with a detachment from the 101st Airborne Division.
During his tour of duty, he married the late Myrtice Strong in 1956. Through this marriage, they had six children James B., Reginald, Derek, Lisa S., Erica D., and Eric Smith. After retiring from All Metal Inc., in Mountainside, N.J., he moved to Gulfport, Miss., and later to Lumber City.
JB enjoyed laughing and sharing good jokes and stories with friends and family. His hobbies included making model planes, making tools for the family, and watching his favorite TV shows: Combat, Perry Mason, the Lone Ranger, and Westerns. JB was a very quiet and strong man with a huge heart for humanity.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by brothers George R. King, Theodore R. Smith, and John W. Smith; sisters Irene Burse, Blanche Clayton, and Dora Mae Conaway; sisters-in-law, Mildred Clark and Dorothy Peterson; and brother-in-law, the Rev. Augustus Strong.
Survivors include sons James B (Robin), Reginald (Valerie), Derek (Donna), Eric (Safiyyah); daughters, Lisa (Gregson), Erica; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Rosa L. Holliman of Jacksonville, Fla., and Lucy M. Solomon of Baxley; sisters in law Bernice Smith, Cheryl Smith, Martha Strong, Essie Murphy, Jackie Pledge, Linda Strong, Sandra Davis; brothers in law James Strong and Joseph Strong; special nephew Frankie Conaway; loving caregiver, Evangelist Alma Haynes; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
King Brothers Funeral Home was in charge.

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