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“Sorry about the lost of your father, grandfather, uncle, etc. He sounds like a wonderful brother. I hope to meet him in paradise. ”
1 of 2 | Posted by: Sister White - Lexington, KY

“He will be missed... so sorry for your loss. ”
2 of 2 | Posted by: Relinda Dunn - Mason, OH - Friend


Smith, Willis C loving father of Lenard Smith (Alisa), Tobias Smith (Sandra) andVictor Smith (Nicole). Passed Saturday, February 24, 2018 Age 90 years. Memorial on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1202 W North Bend Rd. Visitation Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Special online condolences for family and friends may be expressed at

His Life Story:
Willis C. Smith was born on July 13, 1927 in
Booth, Alabama. He was one of ten children born to
the late Jesse G. and Hattie B. Smith. He survived all of
his siblings – Travis, Ella, Jesse Jr., Julia May, Wallace,
Mattie, Lillian, Rebecca, and Booker. Willis quietly
and peacefully departed this earthly life on February
24, 2018.
In 1941, upon the untimely passing of his father, Willis
moved to Cincinnati at the age of 14. He joined his
brother, working various jobs, in order to send money
back home to Alabama to take care of his mother and
siblings that were still at home. Willis also sang and
played guitar so, along with two of his brothers and a
family friend, they formed a quartet called The MidWest
Spirituals. The group traveled and entertained
audiences far and wide with their beautifully blended
voices until Willis left the group because he had
enlisted in the United States Army. After serving in
the Korean War and receiving an honorable discharge,
Willis returned home and began working at Interlake
Steel where he gave close to 30 years of service.
Willis had his three sons from his first marriage. Then,
later in his life, he was united in marriage with June
Smith for 25 years until she preceded him in death on
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