Funeral services for Mr. Smith were held on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Ackerman. Burial followed in the Enon Cemetery. Rev. Jerry Lawson officiated the service.
Visitation was held on Wednesday March 6, 2013, from 5-8 p.m. at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman.
He was born in Moorhead on April 4, 1929. He was the beloved husband of Joan (McIntire) Smith, whom he married in 1948.
Affectionately known as Marion, Dad, Poppa, Pop and Uncle Son, he was benevolent husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.
He was known for his passion for Jesus Christ, faithfulness to his ch0urch, love for his family, zest for life and generosity toward his fellow man. He will be long remembered for down-home span humor, quick wit and story-telling. He loved to collect antiques (said “he was antique too” in later years) and enjoyed displaying his collection in “Poppas Country Museum.”
Marion Smith moved to Choctaw County in 1942. He graduated from Ackerman High School in 1948 as the first student body president and was president of his senior class. He was a proud member of the 1947 Championship Football Team while playing the first game on the new Dake Davidson Football Field. Marion served two terms as Town Alderman and worked as Public Works Superintendent, Fire Chief, Deputy Marshall for eleven years and remained one of Ackerman and Choctaw County’s most avid ambassadors.
Marion organized and directed the first Fire Department in Ackerman was founder and President Emeritus of the annual Ackerman School Reunion. Marion then established himself as an aspiring entrepreneur, having co-founded and managed several successful state-wide works supply businesses. He was a member of the Ackerman Masonic Lodge #119 and the Gideon’s International.
He retired in 1985 and his love for woodworking prompted him to begin his own business called “Poppas Country.” Poppa was a skilled master craftsman whose handiwork adorns many area households.
Marion was preceded in death by his parents Casey Triplett and Grace (Fondren) Smith of Ackerman; one son, Casey M. “Buddy” Smith Jr. and his wife Carol of Tupelo; one brother, Kenneth Smith and his wife Bess of Flowood; two grandchildren Casey Smith III and his wife Mandy and Stacey Fowler and her husband Chip; and four great-grandchildren, Casey Joe Fowler, Weston Fowler, Addie Grace Smith and Lexie Rose Smith.
Memorials can be made to Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church PO Box 294 Ackerman, MS 39735 and/or The Ackerman School Reunion Scholarship Fund, Attn: Kenny Clark PO Box 398 Ackerman, MS 39735.