William Reginald Smith, 90, known to many friends and family as “Bo” or
“Smitty” passed away at the Georgia War Veterans Home on May 30, 2018 in
Milledgeville, Georgia following a lengthy illness. He was born in
Hickox, Brantley County, Georgia on December 4, 1927 to the late Hester
Herrin Smith and William Henry Owen Smith. He graduated from Nahunta
High School in 1943 at age 15 and, from age 16, worked as a welder
building “Liberty Ships,” at the J.A. Jones Construction Company
shipyard in Brunswick, Georgia until the end of the war in 1945.
Mr. Smith was a Veteran of the United States Navy, proudly serving from
1946 to 1948. During his naval service, he served aboard the destroyer,
USS Chevalier, DD-805. Following his military service, he attended South
Georgia College, after which he farmed for several years. For most of
his civilian career, Mr. Smith worked at W.E. Johnson Equipment Company
in Hialeah, Florida as company Comptroller for over thirty years.
Returning to Georgia in 1989, he worked at Okefenokee Rural Electric
Membership Corporation until his retirement.
“Bo” was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. Francis Xavier
Catholic Church in Brunswick, where he served as Eucharistic Minister.
He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his lovely wife of 45 years,
Grace Ursaline Stiglets Smith; daughter, Jennifer Leigh Smith; sister,
Effie S. Middleton and her husband, Emory; sister, Carolyn S. Lewis and
her husband, Norman; and infant sister Paunee Smith. He is survived by
his daughter, Kathryn S. Fox and her husband Tony of Forsyth, Georgia;
son Michael D. Smith of Concord, North Carolina; brother, James L. Smith
and his wife, Molly of Perry, Georgia; three grandchildren, Madison
Leigh Smith, Lauryn Grace Fox and Korbin Michael Smith; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
He was a kind-hearted, loving father, Papa, and brother who had a great
but subtle sense of humor. He was especially proud of his children and
particularly adored his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his
family and friends.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the dedicated
caregivers at the Georgia War Veterans Home who cared for and assisted
him during his residence there.
Funeral services for Mr Smith will be held on June 2, 2018: Family will
receive visitors from 1 PM until 2:30 PM at Frye Funeral Home in
Nahunta, Georgia. Graveside service will follow, at 3 PM, at New Hope
Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Hickox, Georgia. In lieu of
flowers, the family respectfully suggests donations be given in his
memory to the church or charity of your choice.
Arrangements are with Fairhaven Funeral Home, Macon, Georgia and Frye
Funeral Home, Nahunta, Georgia.