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Funeral arrangements for Past Dept. Cmdr. Al Smith

Dec 11, 2013

AL SMITH FAMILY RECEPTION
HOSTING:
GEORGE K. GANNAM, AMERICAN LEGION POST 184
1 LEGION DRIVE
SAVANNAH, GA 31404
(912)354-5515

RECEPTION WILL BE HELD IN THE GOLD ROOM
TIME: 12:30 TO 4:00
PLEASE BRING COVERED DISH TO THE POST ANYTIME AFTER 10:00 A.M.

FUNERAL SERVICE ITENERARY FOR
MR. WILLIAM A. “AL” SMITH, SR.

VISITATION:
HUBERT C. BAKER CHAPEL
FAIRHAVEN FUNERAL HOME
7415 HODGSON MEMORIAL DRIVE
SAVANNAH
WEDNESDAY 6:00 – 8:00P.M.

FUNERAL SERVICE:
THUNDERBOLT BAPTIST CHURCH
3205 RUSSELL STREET
THURSDAY 12:00P.M.

INTERMENT:
FOREST LAWN MEMORY GARDENS
BONAVENTURE ROAD

RECEPTION:
GEORGE K. GANNAM AMERICAN LEGION POST 184
FOLLOWING SERVICES

Mr. William A. “Al” Smith, Sr., age 69, passed away early Monday at Candler Hospital. He was a native and longtime resident of Thunderbolt, Ga and retired as a Captain from Savannah Fire and Emergency Services. Mr. Smith was a decorated Vietnam Veteran First Cav. and was a recipient of Chatham County Veteran on the Year. He was Vice Chairman of National Homeless and Unemployment Commission, Past American Legion Post 184 Legionnaire of the Year, Past Chef de Gare and Past Commander of American Legion Post 184. Mr. Smith was a representative of Chatham County VAVS for the Charleston VA Hospital, Chatham County Past Chairman Veteran’s Council, First District Commander of Department of Georgia, and State Commander of the Department of Georgia. He was a past member of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Thunderbolt Men’s Club, Chairman of Blessing of the Fleet, member of Fraternal Order of Eagles, member of Anavictus Honor Guard of Canada, and the Marine Rescue Squad 3A. Mr. Smith was a Past President of Local 574 IAFF, was an American Legion Liaison for Congressman Jack Kingston, and Director/Staff Department of Georgia Boys State. He was a member of the Thunderbolt Baptist Church and a volunteer with the Thunderbolt Fire Department.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alver Lawton Smith and Marjorie Alfreda Horne.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph Shane Smith of Thunderbolt, Al (Rachel) Smith of Gastonia, NC; his grandson, Cotton Smith of Gastonia, NC; siblings, Lawton C. Smith, Sr. (Jimmy Rivers) of Thunderbolt, James F. (Janet) Smith of Thunderbolt, Michael G. (Electra) Smith of Richmond Hill, and Virginia (Maurice) Dixon of Thunderbolt; his loving partner of forty five years, Nancy Richards of Thunderbolt; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Fairhaven Funeral Home, Hubert C. Baker Chapel.
The funeral service will be held Thursday at 12:00 pm at Thunderbolt Baptist Church.
Active Pallbearers will be Charles Black, Buddy Gallaher, Billy Heitman, John Henry, George Howard, and Johnny McKenzie.
Honorary Pallbearers will be American Legion Post 184 Color Guard and Legion Members, Savannah Fire and Emergency Service and Thunderbolt Fire Department.
Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Fairhaven Funeral Home, Hubert C. Baker Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.