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Columbia, SC - Mr. Amos Smith of Fort Valley, Georgia made his transition to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. Public Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5:00p.m. till 7:00p.m. in the Chapel of Edwards Funeral Home, 409 Preston Street, Fort Valley, GA Graveside Service will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m
Mr. Amos Marion Smith Jr. was born on July 25, 1935 in Columbia, South Carolina to the parentage of the late Mr. Amos Marion Smith, Sr. and Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Norris Smith. He departed this life on Tuesday, June 19, 2019 while visiting Columbia, South Carolina.
He received his early childhood and high school education from the Richmond County Public Schools in Columbia. Upon graduation from C.A. Johnson High School, Mr. Smith attended Hampton Institute receiving a B.S. Degree in Industrial Education. He furthered his education at Florida State University, earing a Master’s Degree. He also studied at Savannah State, Albany State and Fort Valley State Universities. Upon completion of his college education, Mr. Smith enlisted in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant. He served in the Army National Guard after retirement for 18 years.
In 1942, Mr. Smith accepted Christ and joined First Calvary Baptist Church of Columbia S C. He has always supported his church and served in several capacities. Throughout his travel, he has also been a member of the John I. Blackburn Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro, Georgia, the St. Paul Presbyterian Church, Cordele, Georgia and a member of the Trinity Baptist church of Fort Valley where he served as a member of the Usher Board, the Ambassador’s ministry and the church photographer.
Mr. Smith taught in the counties of Burke, Peach, and Macon and at the United States Army Reserve School in Bibb County. During his tenure in Macon County, he served as Chairman of the Industrial Arts Department and of the Georgia Industrial Arts Association, District #3. In the mid 60’s, Mr. Smith moved to Dearborn. Michigan to accept a position as technical Service Representative for the Ford Motor Company. Lincoln & Mercury Division.
He was an active member in several organizations; among them Past Basileus of Lambda Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc Georgia Association of Educators, Past Treasurer and member of the National Education association Fred Douglas Masonic Lodge #143, a Thirty-Second Degree Mason, Ft Valley Evening Optimist Club, Noble of the Mystic Shrine of America, and Habitat of Humanity.
Mr. Smith was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Mrs. Evelyn Neal Childs Smith. They were blessed with four children. In addition to his parents, two children precedes them in death, Rise’ Marievelyn and Amos Smith, III.
He leaves to cherish his memories: two devoted daughters. Erica (Kevin) Smith-Branton, Fort Worth, Texas and Beverly Jacobs, Columbia, South Carolina. Three grandchildren, Trinity Jacobs, Tyrell Jacobs, and Tramaine Jacobs, all of Columbia, S.C., four greatgrandchildren, two devoted cousins, Dorothy Cannon, Columbia, S.C., and Camille Smith, Atlanta, Ga., one devoted Goddaughter, Sandra Rodgers of Albany, Ga., devoted friends, Beatrice Lester, Pamela Lyons, Fort Valley, Georgia, Annie Futrell, Columbia, S.C., and Sandra Wilcox, Atlanta, Georgia; three devoted caretakers, Angela Lawson, Unadilla, Georgia, Paula Ellison, and Barbara Jolly, both of Fort Valley, Georgia and a host of other relatives and many sorrowing friends.