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Mr. Charles E. Smith

January 19, 1933 ~ February 5, 2020 (age 87)



"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain for the former things are passed away." 

Revelation 21:4

Charles E. Smith went home to live with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at his home. 

Charles was born on January 19, 1933 in Northampton County, Virginia. He was the grandson of a slave woman, Jenny Upshur, who came to this country at the age of 10 from Guinea, Africa; she lived to be 106 years old and also the grandson of a Gingaskin Indian, Sarah Reid. He was the son of sharecroppers John Smith and Maggie Jacobs Smith, all who have preceded him in death. 

He was educated by Northampton Country Public School System. Upon graduating high school he joined the United States Army in August of 1953 serving tin the 56th Transportation Company in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged with the rank of PFC in April of 1955. 

He was a devoted husband to his wife, Julia. Early in their marriage they moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a few years there they decided to return to Virginia where Charles was a self-employed "Big Red" driver; going all over the country, many times with his wife by his side, driving "Big Blue." 

He is preceded in death by his wife Julia Church-Smith; two sisters, Meagan Smith and Margaret Smith-Cheeks; seven brothers, Stanley, David, Isaac, Joseph, James, Rufus, and Otha Smith. 

He leaves to cherish his most precious memory...

His son - 

Clarence Eugene Smith (Janet)

Special Nephew/Son -

Dwight Smith (Shaunta)

One sister and Matriarch of Our Family -

Frances Smith-Hutchinson

Five Sisters-In-Law - 

Bernice Smith, Sarah Smith, Lucy Ann Church, Myrtle Sinclair (Scott) and Martha Fenderson (James)

Three Brothers-In-Law - 

William A. Church (Wiline), Welton Church Jr., and Willie Lee Church (Francine)

And many loving and devoted nieces and nephews and numerous cousins and friends

Charles will be truly missed by all who loved, knew, and visited him. Gone, but truly never forgotten. 

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Funeral Service
February 15, 2020

12:00 PM
Bethel AME Church
15676 Courthouse Rd
Eastville, VA 23347

Interment following funeral service
February 15, 2020

Bethel AME Church
15676 Courthouse Rd
Eastville, VA 23347

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