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Memorial Red Rose

Remembering the Life of

May 11, 1937 - March 11, 2024

Willie E Smith

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Burial Location:

Pleasant View Cemetery

611 William Battle Blvd, Fayetteville, TN 37334, USA

Willie Edward Smith was born on May 11, 1937, in Fayetteville, Tennessee to Galveston and Ruby Smith. He was the eldest of 3 siblings, sister, Barbara Jean and brother, James Larry. Willie was raised on the family farm in Kelso, Tennessee, where he acquired his love of growing and cultivating the land. He attended elementary school in Kelso, graduating from West End High School in 1954 in Fayetteville, Tennessee, where Willie was a member of the choir, song leader, played on the football team, the secretary of the national farmers group, NFA, and was voted the “Most Popular” boy of the senior class. He went on to graduate from Tennessee State University, Nashville, obtaining his bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He also received his teaching credentials from the University of California, Los Angeles.

In 1958, Willie married his high school sweetheart Mae Frances, and moved to Los Angeles, where they started their family. To this union two daughters were born, Pamela Jean and Sharon Kamela. He prospered working for the city of Los Angeles, until 1968, when he moved back to his beloved Tennessee. Then in 2017, he moved back again to California, to be with his daughters and grandchildren, becoming a resident of the city of Moreno Valley.

Willie accepted Christ at an early age and was an active member of the Figueroa Church of Christ in Los Angeles, and then moving back to Tennessee, for the majority of his life, a faithful member of the Mayberry Street Church of Christ in Fayetteville. His love for the Lord was true, pure, and immense.

Willie moved to his heavenly home on March 11, 2024, joining his beloved wife, father, mother, sister and brother. He leaves to mourn, his two daughters: Pamela Cunningham (Ernest) of Moreno Valley, CA, Sharon Williams (Keith) of Long Beach, CA; granddaughters: Davina Cunningham Johnson (Cedric) of Los Angeles, CA, Princess Denmon of Long Beach, CA, Bethany Cunningham Carr of Chino, CA; great-grandchildren: Maiyanah and Cha’san Haynes of Long Beach, CA, Schylar and Piper Johnson of Los Angeles, CA, Zayden Carr and Zylo Hulse of Chino, CA; nieces, Delicia Smith of Temple City, CA, Sonja Gwinn Brewton of Mason, TN; nephew, Devin Smith of Temple City, CA and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Webb of Fayetteville, TN, Bonnie Smith of Temple City, CA; and host of relatives and friends. He will truly be missed!

Funeral Service will be held at Mayberry Street Church of Christ on Friday, March 29, 2024 at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Willie Edward Smith.

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