Windell Smith

Windell Smith, inventor of a bee trap, is remembered this week as a “behind the scenes” community worker.

Smith, 82, passed away last Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.

His pastor, the Rev. Mitch Hall, complimented Smith as a quiet pillar of faith.

“He was the perfect example of a Godly man that we all can only strive to be like. We will never know all the people that came to Christ or grew closer to Christ from the earthly example of this good man,” the Rev. Hall said.

Smith is best known for bee traps that he built to help homeowners control carpenter bees that damaged woodwork. Smith began building the traps after his retirement during a second career with Farmers and Builders Ace Hardware store.

Smith shunned the limelight, but was a hard and dedicated worker in support of his wife, Charlotte. Mrs. Smith passed away in late May.

Mrs. Smith was a co-founder of the Horseshoe Road yard sale and creator of Downtown Blackshear’s Gourd Head characters and a long-time caretaker of the Ramah Cemetery. Mr. Smith assisted his wife in all of her endeavors. He was also known for his peanut and pecan brittle.

Smith also was a dedicated and faithful member of Mershon Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for almost 40 years and taught Sunday school.

Long-time family friend Austin Moore said Smith was a good man and an encourager.

“Mr. Windell was genuinely excited for the little things in life and one of the few people I could speak freely to about dreams and ideas I had. The last time I got to see him just a few days before he passed. So many memories came flooding back in from the time spent with he and Mrs Charolette sitting in the porch And now looking at him on the doorstep of death I told him I had checked in his pecan trees and they were looking good this year. He smiled. Boy, he loved those trees, as I left just like with Mrs Charlotte, I kissed him on the forehead and told him “I will see you later my friend. Christians never say goodbye,” Moore said.

Smith was born in Blackshear, graduated from Bacon County High School in Alma and served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked for Scapa Dryers and UPS before operating Smith Service Station in Blackshear.

He enjoyed hunting quail and deer, gardening, feeding and watching birds, was an avid reader, loved kids and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His grandchildren were the apples of his eye.

Funeral services were held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, from the Mershon Baptist Church.

For a complete obituary, please see page 3.