Gary Smith, Sr.

by Lynn McMillen
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Gary  Smith, Sr.

Gary Smith, Sr., 73, passed away on April 12, 2024 at his residence in Starkville, MS. He was born on December 4, 1950 in West Point, MS to the late Jessie A. Smith and Francis Adams Smith.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a Hawk Missile & Launcher Mechanic and Radar Equipment Foreman. For his services, he received the National Defense Service Medal.

Gary worked hard and always provided for his family. He was a power plant maintenance technician with Dayton Power, Operator with Weyerhaeuser, painter and carpenter for his father’s local business, and lastly, he worked for the United States Postal Service as the Head Window Clerk. After his retirement, he became a motorcycle enthusiast, owning 3 Harley Davidson’s.

According to him, his greatest accomplishments were being a loving and providing husband, father, and grandfather.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jessie Clyde Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Smith of Vardaman, MS; son, Gary Smith, Jr. (Jay) of Brandon, MS; and his grandson, Nash Smith (his pride and joy).

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at Memorial Garden Park Cemetery in Starkville.

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