Jerry Ralph Smith

Published 3:05 pm Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Funeral service for Jerry Ralph Smith will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, September 19, at First United Methodist Church with visitation from 10:00 until the time of service. Burial at Rosehill Cemetery.

Jerry, 82, of Brookhaven, MS, passed away September 13, 2023, at King’s Daughters Medical Center. He was born in Brookhaven, January 31, 1941, to Clemmie Adcock Smith and Velma Beatrice Beck Smith.

Mr. Smith graduated from Brookhaven High School in 1959 and the University of Southern Mississippi, with a degree in math. He is retired from Packard Electric/Delphi. He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he enjoyed volunteering for the ministry of Blessings in a Backpack and delivering Thanksgiving meals. Jerry enjoyed being a member of and working with the Gideon and DeMolay organizations. He received the General Motors Award for Excellence in Community Activities. He was also an avid fisherman and member of the Lincoln County BASS Association. Jerry was gifted at and passionate about woodworking. His greatest treasure was his family and spending time with them.

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Mr. Smith is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Betty Boyte, Linda Pippin and brother-in-law, Richard Pippin; brother, Maurice Smith and sister-in-law, Maxie Smith; his father-in-law, Jack Piper, Sr; mother-in-law, Mildred Price; brother-in-law, Jack Piper Jr. and sister-in-law, Shirley Piper.

Cherishing his memory are his wife of 60 years, Kathleen Piper Smith; children, Laura Smith Hill (Alton) and Stacia Smith Owen; sisters, Andy Smith Wright (Charles), Shelia Smith Ard, Gale Smith Fisher (Paul); sister-law, Lucinda Smith, four grandchildren, Piper and Jackson Hill, Bishop and Harper Owen and many nieces, nephews and family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church for Blessings in a Backpack or the card ministry, PO box 358, Brookhaven, MS 39601.

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