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Freddie D. Smith, Jr.

Freddie D. Smith, Jr.


4/7/1948 - 8/11/2010

Freddie Douglas Smith, Jr., peacefully departed this life on August 11, 2010, after several months of illness.
Freddie was born April 7, 1948, in New York City, New York to the late Deacon Freddie Smith and Susan Clements Smith. The family later made their home in Amelia County.
Freddie accepted Christ at an early age and joined The Liberty Baptist Church where he was a faithful member. Especially, during the last several years he completely dedicated himself to the work of the church and increased his faith and dedication to God. Freddie served as Chairman of the Trustee Board, was on the Usher Board and sung in the Senior Choir as well as the Male Chorus. Even though ill, he rarely missed a church service, church meeting, or rehearsal.
Freddie graduated from Russell Grove High School in 1966. He attended and graduated from Virginia State University with a 2-year degree in Automotives.
Freddie joined the US Army in October 1969 where he admirably served a tour of duty in Vietnam. In December 1970, he was Honorably discharged as a Sergeant.
On June 21, 1971, Freddie married, Shirley Goodman Smith. A daughter, Stephanie Jennine Smith, was born to this union.
He was an excellent mechanic. He had the uncanny ability to diagnosis a vehicle problem with very little thought. He had expertise with cars and trucks, as well as farm equipment and commercial vehicles. He recently retired from the Department of Public Works of the City of Richmond.
Freddie had a passion for hunting, fishing, tinkering with vehicles, and his most recent passion – riding his motorcycle. Freddie was not afraid to speak up for what he believed no matter who was against him. He had his own convictions and he stuck to them in spite of what others believed. He found extreme joy in working in the church. He handled his illness with grace and dignity. His complete faith in the Lord as well as the counsel and guidance of Reverend Drawhorn sustained him.
He leaves to cherish many fond memories, his loving daughter, Stephanie J. Smith of Richmond, VA; his faithful, devoted brother, Isaiah (Bercenia) Smith of Chesterfield, VA; four sisters: Mocile Trotter, Vivian (Alan) Thomas; Susan (Clarence) Sanders all of Maryland; and Nannie (Arnold) Parham of Prince George, VA; devoted friend Shirley Smith of Chesterfield, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Special ‘Thanks’ to Katie Cleveland, James Fleming, and Graham Johnson for all of your support.
Visitation Sunday, August 15, 2010 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Funeral Services Monday, August 16, 2010 at 12:00 Noon at Liberty Baptist Church, Amelia with interment in the Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Amelia.
Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home of Amelia in charge of arrangments.


Condolences

Leizer L. Coleman

Ashland
Co-Worker
Friday, August 13, 2010
 

I would like to offer my heart-felt sympthay to the family. Freddie was a co-worker and good friend. He was a part of our once a month outings and will be truly missed.

John Cleveland

Petersburg
Fellowship Bass member
Friday, August 13, 2010
 

Please accept my heartfelt condolences with the passing of your loved one. Even though I didn't know Freddie very well, he was always friendly. The Fellowship members always spoke very highly of Freddie. May he rest in peace.

hortense white

richmond
friend
Friday, August 13, 2010
 

Freddie was a wonderful person. He was a joy to be around and had a great spirit. He always greeted you with a smile and a twinkle in his eyes. It was very sad to hear of his passing. He will be missed! THE WHITE FAMILY

Ruth and Reggie

Petersburg
Family Friends
Sunday, August 15, 2010
 

Beyond the gate, your loved one finds happiness and rest, please find comfort in the thought that a loving God knows best

Obrafo

Upper Marlboro
Friend of neice
Sunday, August 15, 2010
 

I pray for peace and comfort for your family. Although his physical presence will truly be missed, his Spirit will always be around. God Bless.

Cynthia Simpson

Richmond
Co-worker
Monday, August 16, 2010
 

Freddie was my co-worker and friend. I will miss our daily talks and monthly gatherings. There is no more pain or suffering. I know he is an angel in heaven watching over us.

Joe Person

Richmond
Former Hunting Buddy
Monday, August 16, 2010
 

To Isaiah Smith and family. I was sadden to hear of Freddie's passing. I enjoyed some good times with the Red Lodge Hunt Club. Freddie was a true gentleman and sportsman. I also enjoyed the Ford verses Chevy 4X4 competition among the hunters. God is to wise to error, To just to make a mistake.

Joyce Hicks

Richmond
Classmate & Friend
Friday, August 27, 2010
 

Stephanie - Opening our hearts to memories is a profound and meaningful way of honoring a person... Having lost my father just recently, too, I am remembering with you today, praying for you, and sharing in the sadness of losing someone so important in your life. Thinking of you as you are remembering your Dad - Miss Joyce

Joyce & Herbert Hicks

Richmond
Classmate & Friend
Friday, August 27, 2010
 

To Shirley and the Smith Family: "People who've lost someone special know that the real grieving begins not when family and friends are gathered, but later, when everyone has gone back to their own lives...Please know, especially now, that you are not alone". We care about you and share your thoughts and feelings. We are here for you and will do whatever we can throughout this difficult time. Praying for you, Joyce & Herb Hicks