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Ted Smith


Ted Smith
Aug. 29, 1937 – Jan. 21, 2024
Ted Raymond Smith, 86, of Tylertown died January 21, 2024, at his residence. He was born Aug. 29, 1937, to the late Ben and Maude Smith
He was raised in the Lexie community and was a member and deacon of Centerville Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Lexie High School and attended Southwest Junior College.
After college, he joined and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. While stationed in California, he met and married his wife, of 57 years, Laverne Grammer of Eureka, Calif. They returned to Mississippi in 1967, making their home on family property in Lexie, where he resided until his death.
He worked as a truck driver for several years but retired from Schlumberger in 2001 as a boat captain. Following his retirement, he would return to trucking and assist companies and people around the community when there was a need. Gardening was a great enjoyment, as family and neighbors could always expect fresh fruits and vegetables from his garden.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Ray Smith, John Earl Smith, Billy F. Smith, Shirley Smith, William Harvey Smith and sisters, Thelma Williams, Elma Allred, Mary Helen Giles, Margaret Biggio, Ruby Nell Cooper, and Joanna Reeves; a very special nephew, Winston Smith.
He is survived by wife Laverne Smith of Tylertown, three daughters: Kim (R.D.) Smith of Tylertown, Lori (Troy) Cosse of Lafayette, LA, and Patricia Smith of Tupelo; eight grandchildren: Emily (David) McDonald, Katie McMichael, Kelli (Justin) Stoll, Megan McMichael, Anna, and Maddie Smith, Sarah (Will) Allen and Karah (Jeremy) Gajan; five great-grandchildren: Ellie-Kate and Deegan McDonald, Carter Bishop, Ellie Gajan, and Josie Stoll; three sisters: Virginia Bond of Knoxville, TN, Diane (Mack) Rushing of Tylertown, and Madonna Rauxet of Ocean Springs. He is also survived by a life-long and special friend Bobby Hilburn; friend, Jewel Holmes and cousin, Greg Smith.
At Ted’s request, his body has been donated to the University of Mississippi Medical Center for the advancement of science. A celebratory visitation was Jan. 28, 2024 at Centerville Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Children’s Hospital of Mississippi.

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