Mr. Elgen Smith, Sr., a native of Macon County, Montezuma, Georgia, was the son of the late Willard Smith Sr. and Lola B. Smith was born on September 30, 1944 and on June 1, 2018 the Lord Whispered softly and welcomed him home. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Willard Smith Jr., Samuel Canady (Josh), and sister, Lillie M. Smith.
Mr. Smith was educated at the Historic D.F. Douglas High School in Montezuma, Georgia. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Army where he served his country proudly. At an early age he professed his faith in Jesus Christ and joined the Zion Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Smith moved to Chicago, Illinois it was there he meet his devoted companion, Ms. Nancy Nelson. Mr. Smith was employed with Chicago Board of Education for many dedicated years .
He left a legacy of fond memories by staying in touch with the family whom he loved dearly. Every Sunday he would call family members. He loved blues music and taking photos. He leaves to cherishes his memories to his companion, Nancy Nelson of Chicago, Illinois; his children, Doris Hosley (Jesse), Ideal, Georgia, Edward McDonald (Tabitha), of Douglassville, Georgia, Brain Dawson and Elgen Smith, Jr. both of Chicago, Illinois, Levoski McDonald (Mary) of Americus, Georgia, Yvonne Knox (Eugene) and Darlene Nelson of Chicago, Illinois; 17 grandchildren including special granddaughter, Tersonthia Roberson of Chicago, Illinois; 10 great grandchildren; siblings, Erie Calvin and Robert H. Smith of Americus, Georgia, Annie R. Harris of Montezuma, Georgia, Percella Smith of Byron, Georgia and Jerry Chastine of Atlanta, Georgia; a great aunt, Louise Lee of Montezuma, Georgia, sister-in-law, Minister Jessie M. Canady of Montezuma, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends including devoted friends, Tommy Beal, Charles Burger, E.T. Hosley Sr., Essie Williams, and Marvin Varlow.
The family will receive visitors at the home of Kim Davis, 624 South Dooly Street, Montezuma, Georgia.