Will Smith, Jr. was born to Will and Artencie Smith on August 14, 1935, in Frankston (Henderson County), Texas. He transitioned to eternity on March 11, 2021, in Dallas, Texas.
Affectionately regarded as “Jr. Boy” and “Duke”, Will accepted Christ at an early age and re-dedicated his life to Christ in 2005 at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. He received his formal education from Carver High School in 1954. After high school, he became self-employed and worked as a Master Plumber for 65 years until his retirement on August 16, 2020.
He married Jackquline J. Jackson on June 6, 1958. He later united with Dorothy N. Vaughan on August 8, 1964.
Among many hobbies, Will enjoyed discussing politics and sports. He also enjoyed visiting the casinos. He loved fishing and playing the lottery, cards, and dominos. He was humorous, loyal, free-spirited, resourceful, and very hardworking. He will be fondly remembered for his God-fearing, kind, and friendly spirit.
Will was preceded in death by his parents, Will, Sr. and Artencie Smith; sisters - Verla Mae Davis, Hazel Steverson, and Lillie Faye Foster; brother, Willie Smith; and daughter, LaBarbara Smith.
Those left to cherish precious memories include his daughters - Victoria Smith, Gaila Smith, and Shannon Smith Simmons (Ken); grandchildren - Billi Rachelle Smith, Glossica Smith, Allyson Smith, Marcques Smith, and Jaylen Simmons; great-grandchildren - Xavier Cole, Keariann Crawford, Keonica Turner, KeMauriea Turner, Scotlynn Hill, Thailyn Hill, Finlyn Hill, and Englynn Hill; sister, Lois Williams; brothers, Homer Smith (Paulette) and Ira Smith (Dorothy); as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
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