Harry L. Smith, age 75, of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, departed this Life on Friday, June 7, 2019.
Harry was born on September 23, 1943, in Marion, South Carolina, the fifth child of Whiteford and Bertha Manning Smith. He was educated in the Marion County School System and graduated from Johnakin High School, in 1963. While in high school, Harry was a standout athlete and star running back for his school's football team breaking the school record for the most touchdowns in a single game, a record that held for many years afterwards.
Upon graduating from High School, Harry enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Polk in Leesville, Louisiana (Vernon Parish), Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina and Landstuhl, Germany.
During his enlistment, Harry married his fellow classmate, Mary Lee Wilson, his wife of thirty –eight years. Their marriage was blessed with two wonderful daughters, Terri Michelle and Leslie Karen Smith who joined their older sister, Shelia Cross-Reed.
Following his discharge from the United States Army in 1966, Harry and Mary moved to Ocean City, New Jersey, where Harry's older brother, Frank was living and working.
After working several odd jobs to support his young family, Harry gained employment as a utility man with American Water Company (formerly New Jersey Water) where he worked for over thirty years until his retirement in 2004.
In the late 1980's, to assist his daughters with their college tuitions, he started a taxicab business, H&M Taxi Service, driving a cab at night and on weekends shuttling tourist to the various shore resorts and the Atlantic City casinos.
Harry enjoyed watching golf, cheering on his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers, talking politics and current events with his family and friends. Generous to a fault, he will always be remembered as the best father, grandfather, uncle, brother, friend and neighbor.
He was preceded in death by: his beloved wife, Mary Lee Wilson-Smith; a devoted daughter, Leslie Karen Smith; parents, Whiteford and Bertha Manning Smith; and brothers, Frank, Jimmy and Wayne Smith.
Harry leaves to mourn and cherish his memories: his devoted daughters, Terri M. Smith (Anthony) of Blackwood, New Jersey, Shelia Reed (Malcom) of Marion, South Carolina; sister, Ann Smith of Brooklyn, New York; brother, Bobby Smith (Pearl) of San Antonio, Texas; special cousins, Agnes Diane Davis (Carter) of Marion South, Carolina, Debra Davis-Blakeney of Florence, South Carolina, Brenda Smith of Temple Hills, Maryland and Kermit Smith of Williamsburg, Virginia; granddaughters, Alicia Smith (Kendrick) of Columbia, South Carolina, Vikki Cross of Florence, South Carolina, Trinity M. Franklin of Blackwood, New Jersey and Destinee A. Jackson of Norcross, Georgia; grandsons, Kendrick Reed of Hartsville, South Carolina and Terrance Cross of Charlotte, North Carolina; special nephews, Galen Smith(Crystal) of Piscataway, New Jersey, Byron Smith of Newark, New Jersey, Vincent Demps of Pleasantville, New Jersey and David Wilson of Buena, New Jersey; special niece, Minister Tonya DeWitt (James) of Washington, DC; adopted daughter, Valerie McClellan; adopted son, Brian Dunkley; special friends, Johnny McRae, Augusto "Gus" Febres , Arlene Sosa and a host of other family and friends.
A celebration of Harry's life will be 11AM Friday, June 14, 2019, at Heavensway Baptist Church, 5082 Tremont Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, where friends may call from 10AM. Interment Laurel Memorial Park, Egg Harbor Township.
Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Atlantic City, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com