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William Smith

William Lankford Smith

Sunday, July 3rd, 1932 - Friday, March 15th, 2019
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Obituary

William Lankford Smith, 86, went home to be with his Savior on Friday, March 15, 2019 at his home.

Born in Durham, NC, he was the son of the late William H. and Mattie Lankford Smith of Swannanoa, NC. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ina Brown.

Surviving are his wife, Johnnie Runion Smith; son, Steve; grandsons, Trevor and Brandon; great grandson, Paxton; step daughter, Joy Gabe; step son, Gary Norris; and granddaughters, Amelia Ray and Michelle Lott.

He was employed with Stebbins Engineering Co., Watertown, NY, for 45 years traveling the world and across the US. Even after retirement, he supervised jobs for Stebbins in Peru, South Africa and New Zealand. He also worked for Martins Nursery, Hoggs Nursery and Upstate Greenery in the Greenville area.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Simpsonville, SC, for 22 years. He and his wife have been involved in mission work in Honduras and Nicaragua for 30 years through the Good Samaritan Baptist Missions. They sponsored ten children and five pastors. While making several trips there, they built a church, feeding kitchen, and homes for two children and two pastors. He also went on mission trips to Arizona and Alaska to assist in building projects.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00am with a memorial service immediately following at Calvary Baptist Church, Simpsonville, SC. Officiating will be Rev. Guy Altizer and Don Rose.

Graveside rights and burial will be at 3:00pm at Mountain View Memorial Park, Black Mountain, NC.

Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Baptist Missions, PO Box 430, Villa Rica, GA 30180.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Calvary Baptist Church
    Address
    3810 Grandview Drive
    SIMPSONVILLE, SC 29680
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Calvary Baptist Church
    Address
    3810 Grandview Drive
    SIMPSONVILLE, SC 29680
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Mountain View Memorial Park
    Address
    Tabernacle Rd.
    BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC 28711
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    Graveside rights and burial will be at 3:00pm at Mountain View Memorial Park, Black Mountain, NC.

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Ben & Barbara James

Posted at 08:56pm
Johnnie, so sorry to hear of Bills passing.
Barbara and I Were just talking about yall when we heard about Martin's nursery.
WE were talking about the good times we had when we went to Honduras.
Our thoughts and payers are with you at this time.
We love you Ben and Barbara James
S

Sandra

Posted at 07:50am
My condolences to the family. Please be comforted by the Bible's promise of the resurrection. John 5:28,29, Acts 24:15.
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