Howard Ray Smith, Sr., age 82 of Laurel passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel.

Mr. Smith was employed at Howard Industries in maintenance and also owned a grocery store prior to his retirement. He served in the National Guard and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Smith; parents, Emmitt and Bessie Smith; brother, Emmitt Smith, Jr.; and sister, Lena Johnson.

Survivors include his children, Ray Smith (Nena), Lou Boone, Donna Smith, and Judy Smith; grandchildren, Josh Seabrook (Carlee), Brody Smith, and Megan Napier (Brandon); and great grandchildren, Kynlee Napier and Callum Napier.

Visitation will be held at Memory Chapel on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Services will be at Memory Chapel on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with interment to follow at Sharon Cemetery. Rev. Ken Johnson and Rev. Jimmy Hood will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Bud Nicholson, Bill Nicholson, Joe Nicholson, Brody Smith, Brandon Napier, and David Nicholson.

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