The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 16, 2016 at New Hope Baptist, Highway 26 East, Montezuma, Georgia, where Reverend Allan Waters is pastor. The Reverend Willie Gene Harvey will officiate. Interment will follow at Harrison Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, 224 North Tom Adams Road, Montezuma, Georgia.
Mr. Emmitt Smith was born January 23, 1941 in Montezuma, Macon County, Georgia to the late Henry Smith and Essie Preston Smith. He was educated in the old historic Flint River Farm School, Flint River Community. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and joined the band of Christian believers at the Zion Hill Baptist Church. After thirty years of dedicated services, he retired from Mulcoa of Andersonville, Georgia as a mechanic.
Emmitt was united in holy matrimony to the former Annette Martin, and to this union they were blessed with five children. One daughter, Debra Smith, preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by four siblings, Annie Ruth Barnes, James Smith, Henry Smith and Margie Cooper.
He leaves a legacy of love and devotion to his beloved wife of fifty-three years, Annette Martin Smith, Montezuma, Georgia; four children, Emmit C. Smith, Montezuma, Georgia, Danny Smith Sr. (LaShunda), Montezuma, Georgia, Michele Smith, Warner Robins, Georgia and Michael Smith (Katrice), Spanaway, Washington; twenty grandchildren, Maurice (Allegra), Shameka, Stacy, Shanata, Christina, Crystal, Marcel, Mykel, Christopher, Tiffany, Micah, Jade, Quantavius, Juandries, Awan, Jeremiah, Taylor, Maya, Danny, Jr., and Brandon; eight great grandchildren, Sean, Eric, Katie Mae, Jamaya, Kaleb, Ameenah, Audrey, and Caden; five siblings, Lucille (Johnny), Merlene, Montezuma, Georgia, Pearlene Smith Harvey (Willile Gene), Ft. Valley, Georgia, Christine Hinton, Montezuma, Georgia, and Herman Smith (Daisy), Lily, Georgia; seven brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mary Hill, Naples, Florida, Nissie Felton, Montezuma, Georgia, Roberta Stockner (James), Naples, Florida, Alice Carswell (Charles), Tampa, Florida, Addie Mae Martin, Jannie Mae Smith, and Rudine Martin, all of Montezuma, Georgia; aunts and uncles, Maggie Hosley, Elmira, New York, William Haugabook, St. Petersburg, Florida and Cleyon Lee, Vinland, New Jersey; devoted niece and nephew, Laura O’Neal, Detroit, Michigan and Terry Martin, Ft. Myers, Florida; and a host of other relatives and friends.