Derrick Duane Smith
September 8, 1967 – July 15, 2020
DERRICK DUANE SMITH was born to Herbert Owen Smith, Sr. and Loneta Wilson Smith (deceased) on September 8, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois.
He confessed Christ as his Savior and became an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
He received his education at Vaughn Road Elementary (Montgomery, Alabama); St Joachim Elementary School (Chicago, Illinois); and Mendel Preparatory Catholic High School (Chicago, Illinois). He graduated from high school in June 1986. During his high school years in Chicago, he played football and became active in Karate where he received several trophies and his brown belt in Okinawan Shuri Ryu style at Just for Kicks Martial Arts University. Sensei John Venson, II was always proud of his effort and hard work when he was training. In August 1986, he attended college at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.
He joined the Army in 1991 where he was honorably discharged a year later. During his professional career, he worked with the Veteran Administration Hospital, Jackson Hospital, WSI/GE Plastic, Belks, JC Penny, and others to name a few. Later, he pursued his career in sales and became a licensed insurance agent with Liberty National Life Insurance Company and American General Life Insurance Company (AIG). He was also a Notary Public with the State of Alabama. Encouraged to be independent, he decided to open his own insurance company called Derrick D. Smith Insurance Agency. He also served as a three-term President of Brighton Area Homeowner Association in Montgomery, Alabama where he displayed his love for the people in the community. He was also a spokesman for the Alabama Kidney Foundation where he would travel to speak too many about his transplant kidney. He was aired on major news channels on television in Montgomery and Birmingham regarding his kidney transplant. In 2011, Derrick was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that attacks your blood and bones. Here to, he talked with several cancer patients about his own experience and displayed his strength and courage to all that met him. He hid his pain behind his jokes. He never complained about his condition but encourage others, with a smile on his face, to fight and stay faithful to God.
He suffered his illnesses for many years, and it ended on July 15, 2020. The chains were broken, and God called him home.
To cherish his memories he leaves Sandra D. Smith (wife); Herbert O. Smith, Sr. (father); one sister, Sherri (Tray) Hill; three brothers, Herbert (Natalie) O. Smith, Jr., Kevin Smith, and D’intre (Kimberly) Smith; five nieces, Kierra Smith, Kourtney Smith, Kirsten Smith, Keona Smith, and Kenedee Smith; nephew, KJ Smith; five godchildren, Zachary Smith, Jeremy Smith (god grandson), Jalisa Hardy (bonus goddaughter), Keleb Sumpter, Ariana Hardy; uncles and aunts, Bennie L. (Laura) Smith, Ronald (Annette) Wilson, Freeman (Miriam) Wilson, David (Shirley)Wilson, Ralph (Oneitha) Wilson, Raymond Wilson, Linda Faye Austin, Charlotte (Donald) Wallace, Jennie Newton, Dorothy Sampson, Lizzie Simmons and host of loving in-laws, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
Those relatives that preceded him in death included but are limited to his grandmother Violet McClendon Smith, nephew Herbert Owen Smith, III, father-in-Law, Joseph Hardy, Sr. and mother-in-Law, Noria Lee Surles Hardy.
A Celebrations of Life Graveside Service will be held at Alabama Heritage Cemetery on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Elder Bennie L. Smith and Pastor Jed Carnes officiating.
Visitation will be held at Alabama Heritage on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Expressions of Love can be sent to P.O. Box 11362, Montgomery, Al 36111.
Friday, July 31, 2020
Celebration of Life Service
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Derrick Duane Smith
August 1, 2020
I’m going to miss you Uncle Derek... It was a blessing having you in my life and although we didn’t talk everyday I know you genuinely loved me. You always gave me great advice, and I still apply that advice to my life now. I love you and may God’s grace be with you ❤️.
July 31, 2020
To My Loving Cousin Derrick, You can finally rest now. You will forever be missed and thought of each and every day. We will continue to keep The Smith Family forever in our Prayers and hearts. Love You Always💓
July 29, 2020
Cuzz you fought a good fight I will always remember the fun times we had and laughs at family events you will most definitely be missed.
July 29, 2020
Extending condolences to the family. “Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal”.
July 27, 2020
July 27, 2020
Derrick was a true man of God. He talked about being a pastor. But, God had other plans for him. He told me to choose a favorite quote from the bible. This was encouragement when I was going through things in my life. So, to The Smith family be encourage in the Lord. Hold your heads up because a true angel is watching over each one of you now. Rest On My Dear Friend.