December 1, 1950 – November 3, 2020
LaVern “Smitty” Smith, 69, of Beachwood, NJ, went home to be with the Lord on November 3, 2020, after a long illness. He was born in Fort Bragg, NC, to the late George and Dorothy Smith on December 1, 1950. Smitty attended Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War as an Ammunition Specialist. Smitty went on to work for many correctional facilities and retired from Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center in Toms River as Sergeant after 23 years there. Smitty was a loving family man and was very devoted to his wife and children. He loved “family time” and was an avid Giants, Knicks, and Yankees fan. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Smitty leaves behind to mourn his loving and devoted wife Sabrina; his daughters Zondra, Nikki, Jamie and Tara; his son Marvin “Fats”; his granddaughters Brishauna, Bianca, Jaelyn and Griffin; and his cherished grandsons Martin and Princeton; a sister-in-law Sherrie, sisters Gail and Antoinette; and brother Mike. Visitation will be Thursday, November 12, from 4 to 6 PM, at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main Street, Toms River, NJ. The Funeral Service and Burial will be private. Condolences may be made by visiting www.andersonandcampbell.com.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Funeral Service and Commital Servcie will be private
November 9, 2020
To Sabrina and family,
My heartfelt condolences to you and the family for the passing of your love one. I will always remember the smiles and laughter that Smitty brought to all those around him :) My continued prayer is that God will wrap this loving arms around you, your family and friends at this time. Rest in peace Smitty.
November 8, 2020
To the Smith Family, the Toney family of Columbus place in Rahway send our deepest and sincerest condolences to you and your family. Laverne and I started kindergarten together at Grover Cleveland School and I remember when Gail was born, I was real happy to see somebody else on the street with the same name that I had. Michael was a bit older than we were but still in all we had a good block of kids. But we really had no choice because Columbus place was truly a village. The mothers and fathers had unspoken permission to get with you if needed, and you know what was going to happen once your real parents found out about it. Those were good days and I'm very happy to have known the family. Peace and blessings from a member of your Columbus Place Family
November 7, 2020
TO THE SMITH FAMILY,
I WANTED TO SHARE MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
I'VE KNOWN LAVERN FOR NEARLY 60 YEARS AND HAD MANY FOND MEMORIES. HE ALWAYS WAS A GOOD FRIEND, AND KEPT US LAUGHING ALL THE TIME.
MAY HE REST IN PEACE.
Maureen “Mo” Caraballo
November 6, 2020
Dearest Sabrina I am so sorry for your loss and your family. You all meant the world to Smitty! Especially You, you were his best friend he’d always tell me even when you were running him around to your stores ☺️ He always talked about “Boo” and her accomplishments and animals. He always looked forward to your vacations and his love for Florida. I can’t even imagine what work will be like without him on a shift with me. He always gave me great advice, great stories and just a calmness you needed at times in that environment. My heart breaks. Your all in my heart and prayers 🙏🏻❤️ He was a wonderful Man!
November 6, 2020
Dear Sabrina, We were saddened to learn of LaVern's passing. We will miss him, but never forget him. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.
Sinclair and Ollie Mosley
November 6, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family of LaVern Smith, he will be sadly missed by many of us, he was a mentor to alot of his coworkers, very easy going, adored his family,and his time with them vacationing.
He worked many overtime shifts as i remembered, was always proud of what he accomplished, and his family in life. He was a very caring, proud, great friend was very honored to have had him in my life. Rest easy my friend! God bless his family!
November 4, 2020
It was an honor to work with Smitty the past 5 years. He taught me so much, and always had such a kind, gentle, smooth demeanor, even in the most hectic of situations.
He always spoke of his family with such love, and pride, his face lit up every time he was asked how they’re doing.. I’ll never forget how excited he was showing me vacation photos, I must’ve seen a thousand, and just the way he beamed when telling me every detail, I could actually feel the love he had for all of you radiating off of him.
I hope you all can take some comfort knowing just how much he loved all of you, & how evident he made that to everyone he came across.
He is already missed so very much, and will always be remembered with the utmost respect.
Rest peacefully Smitty, Thank you for all that you’ve taught me, for bringing your smooth humor to works’ stressful situations, for being a Sgt we could all look up to with respect, and for being the hardworking, beautiful, radiant person that you were.
Wanda Earl Gauff
November 4, 2020
So sorry to hear of the passing of our loved one. May the Lord comfort the family and grant you peace during this difficult time.
Uncle Sidney, Godmother Delores and Cousin Wanda