Swain Funeral Home announces the death of Jesse Fred Smith, 93. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corp in World War II and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, passed away on September 12, 2013, after a lengthy illness.
He was born on Oct. 16, 1919 in Sumner. Fred was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Baxley. He retired in 1987 from Chevron Oil Company, having been one of the operators of Smith-Lewis Chevron Bulk Oil. Smith was a life member of the VFW and enjoyed fishing on the Altamaha River.
Fred is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Eversia Rogers Smith; daughter, Jill (Harry) Dasher of Baxley, Cheryl (Dickie) Tillman of Loganville and Connie Smith of Young Harris; four grandchildren, Eric (Kelly) Dasher of Seattle, WA, Jeff (Stacy) Dasher of Petaluma, CA, Erin (Alex) Flynt of Hattiesburg, MS and Lee Tillman of Marietta; and three great-grandchildren, Shane and James Dasher and Eli Flynt. Also surviving are sisters, Mary Jackson and Mae Smith of Bremen, Nora Lee Amos of Darien and one brother, Leroy Smith of Clearwater, FL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Goodrich and Nora Cason Smith, sister, Mina Aspinwall and brother, Walter Smith.
Visitation was held at 10:00 a.m. at Swain’s Funeral Home prior to the funeral service.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at Swain’s Funeral Home with the Rev. Thad Harvey and the Rev. Mike Redwine officiating. Interment followed in Memorial Gardens in Baxley.
Active pallbearers were Alvin Tuten, Wink Branch, John Branch, Jimmy Johnson, Jimmy Stipe and Bruce Carson.
Honorary pallbearers were all family and friends in attendance, Sharon Miller, Emma Branch and the Pavilion staff, and Errol Graham, MD.
Musical selections were rendered by Glynda Reese.
Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.