Byron Smith

Died: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018


Visitation

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 01, 2018
Location: Mt. Calvary Baptist Church


Homegoing Service

1:00 PM Sat., Dec. 01, 2018
Location: Mt. Calvary Baptist Church


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Byron Lynn Smith’s sunrise was on September 20, 1952 to the union of John Wesley Smith and Katie Thomas Smith in Attalla, Etowah County, Alabama. He was the eighth of nine children born to this union.

Byron attended Norris High School and Etowah High School - both in Attalla, Alabama - meeting all graduation requirements in 1970. He decided not to follow in the footsteps of his siblings to enter college. Byron entered the United States Air Force, serving his country honorably. Thereby declaring himself the ‘Black Sheep’ of the family for entering the service, he spent the next four years rising to the rank of Airman E-4 receiving an honorable discharge from the military.

After the Air Force, Byron relocated to Atlanta, Georgia acquiring several jobs, specifically obtaining the position as Warehouseman for The Snapper Corporation. After his employment ended, Byron was asked by his siblings not to seek other employment and come back home. He openly accepted the responsibility of being the principle caretaker of our mother. Byron graciously accepted this role and took exemplary care of our mother for over eight (8) years without complaining or feeling left out. He later acquired employment at Inteva Products, LLC in Gadsden. He worked for Inteva Products up until the time of his illness.

Byron’s self-proclaimed ‘Black Sheep’ status served him well. He got into a little trouble here and there, voicing his difference of opinion often in family meetings. However, he is best known for his loyalty to his friends and family and his deep appreciation for writing and composing poetry. In many of his years, he has given or shared his last when needed by anyone; family or  friends.

Byron passed this life on the same day that his father passed, November 23rd; this after having a speaker phone conversation on Thanksgiving Day with some of his siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins that were in attendance at the family’s Thanksgiving dinner in Maryland. Byron was preceded in death by his parents and oldest brother, Thomas Wesley Smith (passed during early childhood).

Byron leaves in life, his son, Frederick; nine  siblings, Janice Speights of Syracuse, NY, Jeanette, Helen, John and Vernon of Maryland, Gloria Johnson, Atlanta, GA, Brenda (Willie) Franklin, Columbia, SC, Clifford and Fulton of Alabama and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends.

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Jared Smith
   Posted Mon November 26, 2018

TRADITION AND SPLENDOR was sent by Jared and Nicole Smith.


Laretta Harrison
   Posted Mon November 26, 2018
Family, we are praying for you to get through this time with the peace that comes from the knowledge that God loves you; and that He will take care of you.
With love,
Cousins Harold Crawford & family and Laretta Harrison & Family

Kim Gordon
   Posted Tue November 27, 2018
Dear family are condolences and prayers are with all of you in such a time of sorrow we’ve all been through it just way too many times and unfortunately as long as we are in this old world always and will continue to go through and praise to our God Jehovah as we anticipate and look forward to the time of the resurrection and at Revelation says there will be no more death you and the family take care and Our prayer from the to Gordon’s and Mitchell’s here in California .

Bennie Wright
   Posted Thu November 29, 2018
Jeanette, Fulton and the rest of the Family, my deepest Condolences and prayers are with you all! I pray that God will give you Srength, Comfort, and Peace that his word says he'll do and that only he can do.

Love you all,
Cousin Bennie Wright
Seattle, Wa

Patricia Thomas
   Posted Fri November 30, 2018
To my Dear Smith Family. My heart is saddened that I could not be there to hold and comfort you all. Sending our sincere condolences and Praying Gods love will comfort you and sustain you at this time of loss and sorrow.

Catherine Powell JoshuaAdonai
   Posted Fri November 30, 2018
When we lose a loved one to death our hearts suffer the tearing separation, but with time we realize the truth of the Bible: Death allows us to be gathered to family who have gone on before. Byron is not alone just as he was not alone before his passing. Some day each of us will travel the very same path. It become a joyous reunion. Death is the doorway and not an enemy robbing us of those we love. Because of the immediacy of the separation we cannot appreciate or share in the joy Byron is now experiencing. We feel the hurt of losing him. Because of this I pray that the Comforter Jesus promised us will do just that: "Comfort our hearts during this time." I love you my family and Byron loved us all as we did him.

donald phillips
   Posted Mon December 03, 2018
Please accepted our sympathy over the loss of your dear loved one. The Bible contain more than dependable advice. It provides information found nowhere else, which can bring immeasurable comfort to those who grieve. In the near future those who have fallen asleep in death will be brought back to live life right here on earth. Describing what condition will then be like, the Bible states that God "will wipe out every tear from [OUR] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:3,4)

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