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William Ray Smith

June 1, 1935 August 5, 2019
William  Ray Smith
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Obituary for William Ray Smith

William “Ray” Smith, 84, of Wade, MS, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 5, 2019 at his daughter’s home in New Jersey. Ray was born on June 1, 1935 in Wayne County, MS and was the oldest of nine. Ray proudly served his country for over 20 years in the United States Air Force and owned and managed auto parts stores after his honorable military retirement. Ray’s grin and laughter was infectious. He loved music – bluegrass, country hymns and old country music, enjoyed golfing with his brother Vince and fishing with all of his brothers and nephews. He had a special love of his daughter, grandchildren, family gatherings and good food. Ray was a loving soul and never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed by all that loved him.
He is preceded in death by his former, beloved wife, Verda Boyce Smith, father, Erastus Smith; mother, Mary Rigney Smith, step-mother Valla Ree Smith, brothers, Jack Smith, Delton (Mildred Jean) Smith and Thomas (Joan) Smith.
Ray is survived by and the cherished father of Verda Michelle Fisher, beloved grandfather of Jiordan Fisher, Allie Fisher, Liam Mabrey, Brittany Smith, and Blake Skinner, treasured brother of W. E. (Barbara) Smith, Vester Smith, Vince (Debbie) Smith, Pauline Kittrell, Janice (Robert) Jordan; Ray also had numerous nephews and nieces, and valued special friend and caregiver, James Mabrey.
The visitation for Ray will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Escatawpa. The funeral service will follow in the funeral home chapel beginning at 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Larry White officiating. Interment will be held at Biloxi National Cemetery beginning at 2:30 p.m. with Jessie Smith, Gregory Smith, Alan Smith, Lance Smith, Terance Jordan, Justin Smith, and Jared Smith serving as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, please consider gifting a donation in honor of Ray and his battle with Alzheimer’s disease to the https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=39209&mfc_pref=T&39209.donation=form1.
Heritage Funeral Home, locally owned and operated, in Escatawpa/Moss Point, MS is in charge of arrangements.


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Visitation

Friday

16

Aug

11:00 AM 8/16/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:30 PM 8/16/2019 12:30:00 PM
Heritage Funeral Home

9721 Highway 63 Moss Point MS, 39562
Moss Point, MS 39562

Heritage Funeral Home
9721 Highway 63 Moss Point MS, 39562 Moss Point 39562 MS
United States

Service

Friday

16

Aug

12:30 PM 8/16/2019 12:30:00 PM
Heritage Funeral Home

9721 MS-63
Moss Point, MS 39562

Heritage Funeral Home
9721 MS-63 Moss Point 39562 MS
United States

Graveside

Friday

16

Aug

2:30 PM 8/16/2019 2:30:00 PM
Biloxi National Cemetery

400 Veterans Avenue Biloxi MS, 39531
Biloxi, MS 39531

Biloxi National Cemetery
400 Veterans Avenue Biloxi MS, 39531 Biloxi 39531 MS
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Biloxi National Cemetery Final Resting Place

400 Veterans Avenue Biloxi MS, 39531
Biloxi, MS 39531

400 Veterans Avenue Biloxi MS, 39531 Biloxi 39531 MS
United States
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