Edward Allen Smith, Sr.
84, Great Mills, MD
Born: 06/15/1927, Died: 03/31/2012
Edward Allen Smith, Sr. was born June 15, 1927 in Washington, D.C. to Rebecca Alice Mayhew and Edward Smith. He departed this earthly life on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 6:31A.M. from the portal of St. Mary's/MedStar Hospital Leonardtown, Maryland.
Edward was raised, nourished and fostered by William Bunton and Ella "Hawkins" Thompson- Valley Lee, MD from the age of 3. He attended St. Peter Claver Elementary School, Jarboesville ES and graduated from Cardinal Gibbons Institute (class of 1944 at the age of 16). Edward attended the Washington Conservatory of Music. Served his country in the US Navy.
Edward married his next door neighbor Thelma Luvenia Gladden September 3, 1960. Of this union four children were born; one daughter Clarissa Jean Smith; three sons Edward Allen Jr., Robert Leon and John Michael Smith.
Mr. Smith was a Junior 4-H Club leader. Mr. Smith played baseball with the Piney Point Eagles. Past Exalted Ruler of Lodge #1120/Valley Lee, MD. He was instrumental in assisting of the forming of Little League insurance coverage under Official Little League Baseball of Boys' Town USA in St. Mary's County. "The Firsts" is the Hall of Fame established by the Institute for Human Growth and Development, Inc., to heighten the community's awareness of the historical contributions of its pioneers. Mr. Smith was inducted in 2004. He with Mr. Fred Talbert were instrumental in breaking racial barriers that resulted in African Americans being allowed to play baseball in St. Mary's County. He coached and managed the Little League and Pony Leagues of Valley Lee. A true pioneer - a man who not only dared to dream, but worked hard to make it a reality!
Edward loved to dance, make merriment and enjoy life. He was an avid collector of caps; enjoyed making his own cassette tapes/gospel and R&B; playing cards, checkers, dominoes, playing pool; doing word search puzzles and watching his favorite TV game shows(Let's Make A Deal; The Price Is Right; Wheel of Fortune; Jeopardy).
His work ethics proved exemplary beginning work at age 13; lawn maintenance, plumber; hired October 1960 at Patuxent Naval Air Test Station as electrical mechanic and retired after 20 years of service.
Mr. Smith leaves to cherish precious memories his daughter, Clarissa Jean Smith/Great Mills, MD; one son, John Michael (Shirley Rosetta Smith)/Lexington Park, MD; nine grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren; one brother Charles Tyler (Evelena)/Washington, D.C., two sisters-in-law Bertha Mae Dukes (WilliamDukes)/Washington D.C., Ella Mae Tyler/North Carolina. The Thompson Family; two god-children Delores M (Barnes) Gray Eric L. Barnes, a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Mr. Smith loved his family and would boast about the five generations.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Thelma L. Smith, two sons Edward A Jr and Robert L. Smith, brother Robert "Bobby" Tyler, sister Evelyn Young, Robert E. Morgan Jr grandchild. *Special Neice/Nephew: Shirley Mary Frances Saxon-Barnes and Joseph Emerick Barnes.
PALLBEARERS: Robert E Morgan Sr, Howard Young, Nathaniel Lawrence, James "Jimmy"Thompson, Clarence B Briscoe Jr., Steven D Maddox
HONORARY PALLBEARERS: Sylvester Barnes, Francis Greenwell,
James L. Mason, Henderson Blackwell, George R. Clayton Sr,
Robert L. Parker
The family will receive friends Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at St. Mark's UAME Church in Valley Lee. Interment will follow at Bethesda United Methodist Church Cemetery in Valley Lee.
Arrangements are being handled by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home in Mechanicsville.