OBITUARY

Charles Harry Smith, Jr.

February 8, 1935January 11, 2021
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Charles Harry Smith, Jr., 85, of Pearl, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021, at Select Specialty Hospital, Jackson.

Visitation will be held from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl. Funeral services are 10am, Thursday, January 14, 2021, in the funeral home chapel with interment in Palestine Cemetery, Raymond.

He was born February 8, 1935, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, a son of the late Charles H. Smith, Sr., and Elizabeth Milner Smith. He was a 1953 graduate of Carr High School and a graduate of Hinds College in Raymond, where he met the love of his life, Peggy Joyce. They married on July 1, 1956, and were blessed with four children.

Charles enjoyed a lengthy career in insurance claims, having served as claims manager and public relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield and director of claims for Mississippi Hospital Association. He served in the Army National Guard for 37 years and gained the rank of Sgt. Major. During his service he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Mississippi Magnolia Medal.

Charles was a professed Christian, and a loving father, grandfather, and friend to many. He was a dedicated member of Park Place Baptist Church, and he thought highly of his Sunday School class and teacher, Al Tindall.

In his free time Charles enjoyed watching football and baseball, sports for which he knew everything there was to know-past or present. His favorite teams to follow were the Pearl Pirates, Ole Miss, and the New Orleans Saints. Charles was also history buff, and enjoyed reminiscing about his high school days and attending class reunions. But his most favorite times were simply spent with his family.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Joyce Smith and his brother, Richard Earl Smith.

Survivors include his sister, Joanna Smith Barnes (Johnny), and his children, Deborah Lynn Byrd (Charles Ray), Charlotte Jo Puckett (Bobby), Phillip Earl Smith, and Susan Elizabeth Burrell (Jeff); 6 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and 2 nieces.

Charles supported several charities, among them, Boys Town, Mouth and Foot Artists, Wounded Warrior Project, and St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

  • FAMILY

  • Joanna Smith Barnes, Sister
  • Deborah Lynn Byrd, Daughter
  • Charlotte Jo Puckett, Daughter
  • Phillip Earl Smith, Son
  • Susan Elizabeth Burrell, Daughter
  • 6 Grandchildren, 14 Great-Grandchildren, 1 Great-Great-Grandchild, and 2 Nieces

Services

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Lana Ashley

January 16, 2021

So sorry to hear of Charles passing away. It was a pleasure to work for him
for many years at the Hospital Association . Although it was quite some time ago now, I can truthfully say that he was the type of person that you
never forget. He was among the kindest people I have ever known and the most knowledgeable in the business. He always had a kind word and treated everyone the same. We were very fortunate to have had him as our leader. Heaven has certainly gained an angel.

Julia Heard

January 15, 2021

My condolences to the family. I am so sorry for your loss.

I am a friend of Phil's from work. I was not able to attend the service, so I watched the tribute movie. It was apparent from watching the movie and seeing the family photos that Charles loved and delighted in his wife and children. What a gift.

You all remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Penny Lewis

January 15, 2021

Charles was my boss at MHA for 15 years. He was patient and kind. Always made us laugh. We had a lot of fun working together. My condolences to the family. I’m sorry for your loss.

GEORGE CALDER

January 13, 2021

I worked with Charles many years ago at BCBS. He was a true gentleman and helped me a lot when I first moved to the Jackson area. He will be missed. May God's peace be with the family.

Kathy Martin

January 13, 2021

I am so sorry to hear this about Charles. My sincere condolences to the family.
I knew Charles from BC/BS and also MHA. I transcribed his dictation for many years. He was a very intelligent man, dedicated to his work but would also take the time to make us laugh and enjoy working for him. Rest In Peace, my friend.

Carol Williams Castleberry

January 13, 2021

Praying for your family! Love you! Carol Williams Castleberry

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