LeRoy Smith, 86, of Ocilla, formerly of Tifton, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 in the chapel of Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors with Dr. Wayne Roe and Rev. Lee Wilcox officiating. Interment will follow in Oakridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday evening at Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors.
He was born June 3, 1927 in Barboursville, W.Va. to the late Edgar Eugene and Mary Francis Spurlock Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert “Bob” Smith. LeRoy served four years in the U.S. Navy during World War II where he served in the Philippines. He and his wife, Ruth, began their 60 years together in Huntington, W.Va. They added their three children in the bustling post-war years as they moved from Proctorville, Ohio, to Cincinnati and eventually in 1971, to Youngstown, Ohio where the family was happily anchored on Staatz Drive in Austintown for 37 years.
He was proud of his decades of dependable work as an over-the-road driver for McLean Trucking.
Health challenges warranted his and Ruth’s move to Tifton in 2009 where LeRoy quickly became a member of the First Baptist Church. He battled Parkinson’s disease for many years, keeping a cheerful and caring spirit in spite of his increasing immobility.
LeRoy will be remembered for how he enjoyed lending a helping hand to people in need, such as providing a bicycle for a young boy in the neighborhood, insisting on sending groceries home with his children’s young families, or bringing a caring word to fellow residents at the assisted living facility. It was obvious that helping was what he was about.
He was a beloved husband, brother, father, father-in-law and grandfather who will be mourned deeply by all who knew him in those relationships.