John William 'Smitty' Smith Jr.

September 27, 1936December 31, 2012
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Mr. John William Smith, Jr. “Smitty”, age 76, died Monday evening at his home after a long illness under the care of Hospice Savannah surrounded by friends and family. The Bulloch County native was a long haul trucker for 35 years .He retired in 1990 from Great Dane Trailers in Savannah after 17 years of service. With his excellent driving record of no chargeable accidents, Mr. Smith attained membership into the Million Mile Club and the National Safety Council. He was a member of the Tabernacle of Praise Church of God. Mr. Smith was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mrs. Helen Riggins Smith, of Rincon; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl Elaine and Hugh Harville of Nevils; two sons and daughters-in-law, William “Owen” and Diane Smith of Brooklet and Mark Lemuel and Debra Smith of Guyton; five grand children, Jamie Smith, Chris Smith, Austin Casbourne, Caleb Smith and Shelby Smith; two great grandchildren, Caleb Drake Smith and Rebecca Smith; a brother, Tony Smith of FL and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Thursday from The funeral service will be held Friday at the Rincon Church of God in at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Wayne Merritt officiating, assisted by Reverend Edward Wood. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service.

Honorary pallbearers will be employees and truck drivers of Great Dane Trailers.

Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Savannah.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Savannah P.O. Box 13190 Savannah, Ga.31416

Friends and relatives may sign the online register book at

Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



  • Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 4, 2013


  • Interment

John William 'Smitty' Smith Jr.

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Kaye Shuman

February 17, 2013

Dear Cheryl, Owen, Mark & Family,
As I sit here tonight, I am in complete shock & dis-belief, with my heart aching for each of you in the great loss of your wonderful parents. If there is such a thing as one spouse not wanting to continue to live their life after the parting of the other one, your situation speaks volumns pertaining to that hear say. Your Mama & Daddy loved each other so very much that they had to be together, even if it meant dying and leaving this earthly home, their loving family and friends. Their love for each other is the kind of love that everyone dreams of having. How lucky you (Cheryl, Owen & Mark) were to have been raised in a loving home with parents that actually completed the other!

Having just lost my precious Mama on December 7, 2012, I know the hurt that you are feeling, and how bad your heart is shattered. However, I am feeling these emotons on a much smaller level than you are! I cannot imagine the tremendous pain and suffering that you really feel. Losing both parents just weeks apart would have to make you feel like your whole world is crumbling and falling apart right under your feet!

To each of you I send my deepest sympathy along with the sweetest prayers for peace that passeth all understanding!Losing one parent makes you hurt and suffer more than a human being should have to, but to lose them both so close together is just too much to comprehend! Thanks be to our wonderful, loving and caring God that we worship, for helping to ease the pain and heartache from us in times like these. All we have to do is be a true believer, and serve Him on a daily basis. What a small request from Him for such a HUGE amount of peace and love that He gives back! He is such an AWESOME GOD... and I am so amazed at the way He makes life such a wonderful and beautiful thing!

After the cloud (that you feel like you are in) raises, and you are putting your lives back together again, remember that even though our paths don't cross anymore like they used to when ya lived down here, I still address you all as my friends, and I am here should either of you need me. Life seems so hard at times, but with caring friends and aqquaintances, along with God there to protect us, we have the world completely wrapped up! If ya are ever in my "neck of the woods", stop and say hello. It would be nice to see old friends that are treasures of mine! God Bless each of you!

catherine canterbury coto

January 8, 2013

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Stephanie Smith Knaust

January 6, 2013

Mrs.Helen and family, I am so sorry to hear about Mr.Bill. If it had not been for you and Bill my parents would not have gotten together. I can remember as a child our two families getting together just to enjoy each other.I also remember when Mr.Bill got upset with mom for not telling ya'll she got remarried after daddy died. I will never forget ya'll. Please know that I am praying for you and your family in this time of sorrow.Love,Stephanie Smith Knaust

Patti and Danny West

January 3, 2013

Mark, Debra and Family, we are saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We pray you find comfort in knowing that heaven just opened it's doors to a precious angel who will watch over you all. We pray for comfort for you all in the days ahead. Trust in the Lord to bring a healing to your hearts He tells us that he is always with us in our time of need. We love you all so much and are here for you. Love always, Patti, Danny West and family