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William Ivie Smith, Jr.

August 26, 1925 — March 4, 2022

William Ivie Smith Jr., Penney Farms, Florida passed away on March 4, 2022. He was born on August 26,1925, to William Ivie Smith, Sr. and Lucille Pope in Denton, South Carolina.

William (Bill) was drafted into the Army on July 24,1945 and served in both the Active and Reserve Army finally retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 1985. He was awarded the WW II Victory Medal, several Army Reserve Service Medals and the Meritorious Service Medal. He was Mason. He graduated from State High School in Allendale in 1942 and from Armstrong College with an Associate of Science Degree in 1948. His civilian career was with CSX Transportation. He began as a Morse Telegrapher and retired as the Chief Train Dispatcher after 48 years of service.

During his life, he was honored to be married to two beautiful, Christian women.  He first married Sara and was devoted to her until her death.

He was fortunate to have found love again as a widower and married Pearl Waters, a widow. They spent 29 wonderful years together. During their years of devotion to each other they each tragically lost a daughter. William lost his only daughter, Sarelle and Pearl lost her daughter, Sandra. They grieved with and for each other.

Bill was of the Baptist denomination. He attended a Baptist Church wherever he lived. He was a member of Isle of Hope Baptist Church in Isle of Hope, Georgia for many years.  He most recently attended Lake Asbury Baptist Church in Clay County, Florida.

Bill will be remembered for his love of family, service to our great Country, golf and most importantly, for his faith in the Lord. He reached out to many of our younger family members to minister to them and share is faith. He touched many lives and was loved by many.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Ivie Smith, Sr. and Lucille Smith,  Aunts, Frankie Inez Pope Hattaway and Louise Pope Lipthratt, Sara P Smith, his first wife,  Sarelle Dugas, his daughter, Robert, Franklin and Charles Smith, his brothers, Sandra Mizerak, his step-daughter and Pearl Smith, his second wife and cousin Bernard (Ace) Smith.

He is survived by his step-son Lathan Waters (Gerrylyn) his son-in-laws, Jan Dugas (Lucia), Frank Mizerak, his sister in-laws Mary Smith, Lynn Smith, his Uncle, Dan Pope (Joann and children Danny, Jimmy, Cynthia, and Jennifer), his nieces and nephews, Debra McCorkle (Phillip), Terri Deal (Eddie), Phil Espy (Terri), Karen Miller (Rickey), Robin Stelling (John), Russ Williamson (Barbara), Scott Williamson (Debbie), Greg Williamson (Susie), Chuck Smith (Kim and children), Ed Wojtusik (Lisa and children), David Wojtusik (Melody and children), Brian Wojtusik (Donna and children), Lori Crumbly (Shawn and children), Paul Smith (Jodena and children), Kirk Smith (Carla and children), Cameron Smith (and children), cousins Cecile Parker and Sally Hattaway Stinson (Jimmy), his grandsons, Gregg Mizerak (Jennifer), Brett Mizerak (Carrie), Chelsea Hollifield, Cassidy Phillips (Jonathan),  (Aaron Waters (April) and granddaughter Kelly Beatty (Brian), his great-grandchildren, Gracie Mizerak, Graham Mizerak, McCoy Mizerak, Emma Mizerak, Caden Chitwood, Loretta Phillips, Magnolia Beatty, Behr Beatty, George Beatty, Sawyer Waters, and Evelyn Waters. He is also survived by his close friends that were “like family”, Pam and Bob Lewis and their children Patrick Lewis (children Robert and Avery), Francis and Jason Marmon (son, William).

William will be buried in Savannah on March 14th 2022 at 2:30 PM in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, 315 Greenwich Road, Savannah, Georgia 31404.                                                 

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Monday, March 14, 2022

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