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William "Smitty" Franklin Smith

William "Smitty" Franklin Smith, 86 resident of 504 East Greenwood St. Husband of Becky Freeman Smith.

Smitty went to be with his Lord on Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018 after passing at his home with his loving family by his side.

Born in Anderson, S.C. July 24, 1931 he was a son of the late Edward Wood Smith and Montie Pearson Smith

Smitty had a servant's heart and loved to help others. He was an Abbeville City Fireman for over 55 years. He was an EMT and First Responder, volunteer at the UCMAC Food Bank, a former Reserve Officer with the Abbeville Sheriff's Department, and completed several mission projects. He served as Director and past President of the Abbeville Jaycees, past Abbeville Zoning Board Member, former Police Review Board member, and served on numerous local committees.

Smitty was a United States Air Force veteran having served over two years in Japan and the Korean Conflict. Smitty was a member of Abbeville-ARP Church where he served as a deacon. He was a former member and Elder of Abbeville Presbyterian Church. He had a great humorous wit and loved life. He was an actor in the first Little Theater Play at the Abbeville Opera House and enjoyed entertaining others and making them smile.

Smitty loved his family and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His pride and joy was his grandson, Will Smith.

Survivors include his beloved wife Becky Freeman Smith of 50 years; one son William "Frank" Franklin Smith, Jr. (Jennifer); and a grandson William "Will" Franklin Smith, III; a sister Mary Ann Tafta of Irmo, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday March 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM in Abbeville Presbyterian Church. The burial will follow in Long Cane Cemetery with Military Honors as well as full Fireman's Rites.

The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 1:00 PM until 2:45 PM in the Telford Parlor at Abbeville Presbyterian Church. The family is at the home 504 East Greenwood St. Abbeville, SC.

Memorials in memory of Smitty may be made to AFD Building Fund (tax-deductable) 102 S. Main St. Abbeville, S.C. 29620 or UCMAC Food Bank PO Box 502 Abbeville, SC 29620.

A message of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.chandler-jacksonfuneralhome.com

The Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home, Abbeville, SC is assisting the Smith family.

Visitation

Abbeville Presbyterian Church
301 North Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Sunday, March 04, 2018
1:00- 2:45 PM
Abbeville Presbyterian Church
301 North Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Sunday, March 04, 2018
1:00- 2:45 PM
Abbeville Presbyterian Church
301 North Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Sunday, March 04, 2018
1:00- 2:45 PM
Abbeville Presbyterian Church
301 North Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Sunday, March 04, 2018
1:00- 2:45 PM

Service

Abbeville Presbyterian Church
301 North Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Sunday, March 04, 2018
3:00 PM

Interment

Long Cane Cemetery
184 Hwy 20
Abbeville ,  SC  29620

Memorial Contributions

UCMAC Food Bank
PO Box 502
Abbeville, SC 29620 AFD Building Fund
102 S. Main St.
Abbeville, SC 29620

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Guestbook

We are so sorry to hear of Smittys passing but rejoice that he is with the Lord. All our thoughts and love are with Becky and family. Our family (stribling/thomas/hudson) will keep y'all I'm out hearts. Much love.

Amanda Hudson/Sandra Thomas & family Mar 3 2018 12:00 AM

We are very saddened to hear of "Smitty's" passing and sending many prayers to the Smith family! Also our condolences to the Abbeville City Fire Department as they mourn the loss of a brother and friend. Thank you for your sacrifice to the community and your country!!

The O'Shields Family (Casey and Kristina) Mar 2 2018 12:00 AM

My sincere sympathy to the extended Smith family. Getting to know Smitty, volunteering with him at the UCMAC Food pantry and living "around the corner" were highlights of my 5+ years in Abbeville. He is certainly an outstanding example of a fine Christian family man and a dedicated servant of the community that he loved. Lester and I were saddened to hear of his illness and now of his passing. Well done, good and faithful servant!!

Brian Spinney Mar 2 2018 12:00 AM

Praying for peace and comfort. What a wonderful man and great legacy he leaves . He will truly be missed. Love, hugs & many prayers

Susie Guy Mar 1 2018 12:00 AM