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Clyde Edward Smith, 79, of Waynesboro, MS went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Visitation will be held at First United Methodist Church in Waynesboro Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 1:30-3:00 PM with the service to follow at 3:00 PM with Rev. David Hill, Rev. Ron Stanley, and Rev. Jim Matheny officiating. Interment will be at Matherville-Horne Cemetery, adjacent to Geneva Presbyterian Church in Matherville, MS, with Freeman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Born in Jacksonville, IL, June 10, 1937, Ed grew up in Concord, IL. He graduated from Chapin High School and attended Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL. He lived and worked in Galesburg, IL as a Tool and Die Maker. He worked in the field of Manufacturing, with companies such as Lawn Boy, Roper (S.C.), Rubbermaid and later with Sunbeam- the company that brought him to Waynesboro, MS. He was presently working for Mississippi Laminators in Shubuta, MS. His career provided him the opportunity to live in many states and to work in many locations such as Portugal, Belgium, Brussels, and Italy- to name a few.
A devoted man of God, Ed always served the Lord through his church affiliations everywhere that he lived. All were blessed by the sharing of his beautiful gift of voice. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Waynesboro where he was a member of the choir. He was an affiliate member of Shubuta United Methodist Church where he led the congregation in song and served as the Chairperson of Trustees and Administrative Board. He filled in for Bro. Ron on numerous occasions as a
lay-speaker.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Ashford and Helen Patterson Smith; and his first wife, Jan Hickox Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Stagg Smith of Waynesboro, MS; his sisters, Dorothy Watts of Washington, IL and Shirley Fuller of Galesburg, IL; brother-in-law, Fred Stagg (Kathy) of Waynesboro, MS. He is survived by his children, Jim Smith (Mary) of Galesburg, IL, Jerry Clyde Smith (Jaci) of Dover, DE, Jody Kane (Phil) of Memphis, TN, and John David Stagg (Katie) of Murfreesboro, TN. He was blessed with seven grandchildren, Josh Smith (Krystal) of Olive Branch, MS, Kimmie Smith (Paul) and Karie Swarts (Josh) of Galesburg, IL, Alex and Andy Smith of Minnesota, June and Linley Stagg of Murfreesboro, TN; and three great-grandchildren, Bailey and Jersey Smith of Olive Branch, MS, Sidney
Almaguer of Galesburg, IL.
Memorials may be made to Shubuta United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 464, Shubuta, MS 39360, or First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 468, Waynesboro, MS 39367.
Published on April 26, 2017
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