Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at New Beth Church in Rome. Burial will follow at New Beth Cemetery in Rome with Rev. Donnie Roebuck officiating.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013, at Byas Funeral Home in Ruleville.
He is survived by his sons, Steven Taylor of Decatur, Ill., Gary Lee Smith of Toledo, Ohio, and Eric Smith of East St. Louis, Mo.; daughters, Talehia Simpson, Anntinitt Smith and Missy Smith, all of Chicago, Ill., and Erica Smith of East St. Louis, Mo.; brothers, Percy Smith of Rome, B.T. Smith of Moblieville, Ala., and Will Henry Smith, George Smith, and Willie James Smith, all of East St. Louis, Mo.; sisters, Minnie Spivey of Horn Lake and Pearlie Lee Sanford of Chicago, Ill.; and nine grandchildren.