Celebrating the life of Freddie D. Smith, Jr.
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Freddie was born April 7, 1948, in New York City, New York to the late Deacon Freddie Smith and Susan Clements Smith. The family later made their home in Amelia County.
Freddie accepted Christ at an early age and joined The Liberty Baptist Church where he was a faithful member. Especially, during the last several years he completely dedicated himself to the work of the church and increased his faith and dedication to God. Freddie served as Chairman of the Trustee Board, was on the Usher Board and sung in the Senior Choir as well as the Male Chorus. Even though ill, he rarely missed a church service, church meeting, or rehearsal.
Freddie graduated from Russell Grove High School in 1966. He attended and graduated from Virginia State University with a 2-year degree in Automotives.
Freddie joined the US Army in October 1969 where he admirably served a tour of duty in Vietnam. In December 1970, he was Honorably discharged as a Sergeant.
On June 21, 1971, Freddie married, Shirley Goodman Smith. A daughter, Stephanie Jennine Smith, was born to this union.
He was an excellent mechanic. He had the uncanny ability to diagnosis a vehicle problem with very little thought. He had expertise with cars and trucks, as well as farm equipment and commercial vehicles. He recently retired from the Department of Public Works of the City of Richmond.
Freddie had a passion for hunting, fishing, tinkering with vehicles, and his most recent passion – riding his motorcycle. Freddie was not afraid to speak up for what he believed no matter who was against him. He had his own convictions and he stuck to them in spite of what others believed. He found extreme joy in working in the church. He handled his illness with grace and dignity. His complete faith in the Lord as well as the counsel and guidance of Reverend Drawhorn sustained him.
He leaves to cherish many fond memories, his loving daughter, Stephanie J. Smith of Richmond, VA; his faithful, devoted brother, Isaiah (Bercenia) Smith of Chesterfield, VA; four sisters: Mocile Trotter, Vivian (Alan) Thomas; Susan (Clarence) Sanders all of Maryland; and Nannie (Arnold) Parham of Prince George, VA; devoted friend Shirley Smith of Chesterfield, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Special ‘Thanks’ to Katie Cleveland, James Fleming, and Graham Johnson for all of your support.
Visitation Sunday, August 15, 2010 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Funeral Services Monday, August 16, 2010 at 12:00 Noon at Liberty Baptist Church, Amelia with interment in the Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Amelia.
Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home of Amelia in charge of arrangments.
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