Caughman-Harman Funeral Home - West Columbia Chapel & Southland Memorial Gardens
820 W Dunbar Rd, W. Columbia, SC
Walter C. Smith, Jr.
November 7, 1921 – December 7, 2019
LEXINGTON – Walter Columbus Smith, Jr., 98, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2019, in Lexington, South Carolina. He was born November 7, 1921 in Wilmington, North Carolina to Walter C. Smith, Sr. and Ella Mae Drew Smith. He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Vivian Hyatt Smith.
Mr. Smith graduated in 1940 from New Hanover High School and served in the Army Air Force during World War II. He retired from Sherwin Williams Company. He was a member of Lexington Baptist Church and had previous memberships at Holland Avenue Baptist and Kitti Wake Baptist Church where he served as Deacon.
He is survived by his son, Walter C. (W.C.) Smith III (Lynn); two granddaughters, Ashley Gladden (Bobby) and Holley Basnett (Ryan) and four great grandchildren, Emily and Rebecca Gladden, Brayden and Callie Basnett.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Eugene and Benjamin Smith and sister, Catherine Brinkley.
Arrangements are made by Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, West Columbia Chapel, with graveside services Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Southland Memorial Gardens, with visitation at 1:00 p.m. prior. Memorials can be made to Lexington Baptist Church Senior Adult Ministry.
Lexington Baptist Church Senior Adult Ministry
308 East Main Street, Lexington, SC 29072
- Visitation one hour prior to service Tuesday, December 10, 2019
- Graveside Service Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Walter C. Smith, Jr.
December 10, 2019
We are so grateful for all the many things that you have given us. Not for gifts or any tangible thing that we can hold in our hands; but for the memories and legacy that you have given to us.
We will forever laugh about your hat invention, hunting cicadas in the fall and perfecting the art of jumping out of swings in the summer. Being told by Grandma not to let Holley get hurt, then cleaning up her skinned knees every time. Slow dancing with Ashley in the den to our favorite “I’ll Be Seeing You”. The sound of your voice calling “Yoo Hoo” to us during endless games of hide-and-seek and your “Yes, Dear” to Grandma. You taught us what true love was as we saw you adore our grandmother.
We are proud to call you ours, and we hope you are proud of us as well. We will continue your legacy to raise Christian children that love the Lord and have faith in His promises.
Until we see each other again, rest in the arms of Jesus and give Grandma a big hug from us both.
I’ll be seeing you, Ashley and Holley
December 8, 2019
He was one of a kind, A very special man, quiet, meek, gentle kind and thoughtful. Our lost is Heaven's gain. What a joy to be able to say, see you later, precious Saint of God