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We, the family of our beloved, Darius R. Smith, cannot express in words our appreciation to the many friends for the countless acts of kindness and concern shown during this time of sorrow. Your words...

Darius R. Smith

March 3, 1961April 14, 2021
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Darius was born in Birmingham, Alabama. His family relocated to Detroit, Michigan in 1966. He graduated from Southwestern High School in 1979. He completed classes in Computer Technology and was employed by Electronic Data Systems (EDS) – formerly a subsidiary of General Motors.

Darius went on to get a degree in Divinity and was an Associate Pastor at Word of Faith in Southfield. In February of 2021, he retired from AAA of Michigan after several years of service. Darius will be missed immensely by family, friends, and co-workers.

He leaves to cherish his memory of his loving and devoted wife Anita. Children: Aaron, Alexis, Asya, Darius II, Jayla, Lauren, Danielle, and Delanyo. Sisters: Lillie Washington (Tyrone), Frances Boines (Fredrick), Deborah Phillips, and Hadanah Salaam. Grandchildren: Damiya, Isabella, Denise, Kellan, Daveah, Jenelle, Soleil, Sienna, Daniel, Alysha, and Armani. In addition to a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents Lorene & Clemmie Smith, a sister Barbara, a brother Jimmie and a daughter Janae.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 1pm until 6pm at Brown Funeral Home - 1480 E. Hill Road, Grand Blanc, Michigan. Virtual funeral service may be viewed at on Friday, April 23, 2021.


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    Friday, April 23, 2021


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    Friday, April 23, 2021


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Edward Morales

April 24, 2021

So sorry for your family and friends. He will be greatly missed. I worked with Darius at AAA. He was such a well respected man and friend. I am going to miss him. We had alot of good times. Darius was like a brother to me. I love ya brother.

Ray Golson Sr

April 23, 2021

Our condolences may God bless you during this sad time

Anthony Maura

April 23, 2021

God Bless you Darius. Your humble kindness will be missed. Peace to your family.

Cordell Salaam

April 23, 2021

I'll never forget the time we went to see t.l.c and Bobby Brown. I think about sending pics while on the road.

Rest in Peace, Uncle Darius

Nephew Cordell

Lisa Kisiel

April 22, 2021

Dear Smith family,
I did not have the privilege of knowing Darius, but have had the pleasure of knowing his daughter Danielle and your beautiful grand- daughter Jennell. Darius, you leave behind a legacy of amazing people who make the world a nicer place to be each and every day.

God Bless and peace be with you all!!

Patti Clements

April 20, 2021

Darius, You welcomed me to AAA with warmth and a smile. I will never forget getting to know you and Anita at a Christmas party for the office and staying after to play cards with Karen and Greg. My fondest memory will always be watching you perform at the McKree Theater. You will be missed greatly.

Sandra Jones

April 19, 2021

Darius Smith provided us all with a model for public service and private behavior. Henry, & the Jones family join all families, & friends in giving thanks for his exemplary life, & we extend our deepest condolences to his family.

Toccara Westbrook

April 19, 2021

May God keep and bless this family through trying times.

Prisca Tjahjadi

April 19, 2021

Darius, you will be missed. Your guidance and laughter in AAA is always been remembered. A thought of comfort and condolences to the grieving family.

Paula Williams-Threlkeld

April 18, 2021

Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss. Praying for the family and sending encouragement.