Earl William Smith Jr., 65, of Atlanta, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2019.
He was born August 28, 1953 to Earl Smith Sr. and Dorothy Nell McGauley Smith in Waycross.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Pastor Dorothy Nell Smith; maternal grandparents; Jacob Wesley McGauley and Nellie Mae Ladler McGauley and paternal grandparents, Dave Smith and Ora Mae Spivey Smith.
He was a Waycross High School Class of 1972 graduate. He was employed by Waycross Molded at a young age. He was a fine bass guitar player where he played with the “McGauley Singers.” He also played bass guitar for the band “Wild and Peaceful” of Waycross. He later moved to Jacksonville, FL, where he worked at Shands Hospital for many years. He then moved to Atlanta where he retired.
He leaves to cherish his memory with his father, Earl W. Smith Sr., Waycross; three sisters, Charlane Carswell (Timothy), Douglas, Nannette Dillard (Charles), Evans and Yolandra Smith, Columbus; two brothers, Charles Smith (Jan), Waycross and Augustus Earl Smith (Brenda), Miami, FL and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and lots of cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, from the Upper Room Outreach Ministries, Inc., 702 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross where Samuel and Renae Sellers are the pastors.
Words of comfort will be delivered by the Rev. Marcus Nix, pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, Patterson.
Family and friends are being received at the home of his brother and sister-in -law, Charles and Jan Smith, 1016 Jackson St., Waycross.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.