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Thomas “Tommy” Calvin Smith was born July 17th, 1944, to Archy Smith and Susie Powell Smith in Troup, Georgia. He attended Lanett High School in Lanett, Alabama where he enjoyed playing football. It was during this time Tommy met the one and only love of his life Cheri and the two were married in 1962. Though he postponed completing his education to care for his family, Tommy later returned to the classroom to earn his GED.
Tommy loved to get his hands dirty and there was no shortness of that in his first job as a brick mason. Though he enjoyed laying bricks, he also enjoyed the travel opportunities that he had during his time delivering heavy machinery for Clarkson Brothers. In the end, it was with Channel Master of Smithfield, NC Tommy would find not only a place to settle in for work but a place to grow roots with his wife and children.
To know Tommy was to know his love for his family. He played a vital role as patriarch of the Smith Family and took an active part in raising multiple generations of Smith children. He was particularly involved in raising grandchildren DJ, Calvin, Courtney and Thomas “Gauge”.
The only thing that came before family in Tommy’s mind was his Lord and Savior. He instilled this love for Christ in his entire family as well as others through his ministry work as a long-time member of Brogden Church of Dudley. During his time at Brogden Church he served in various ways most notably as youth group leader and troop leader of Boy Scout Troop 92. He also enjoyed building wheelchair ramps for elderly community members as a representative of the church.
Tommy left his earthly vessel and entered the arms of his Savior on January 19th, 2024, in Fayetteville, NC under the care of his granddaughter Courtney and surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents Archy and Susie; wife Cherie; daughter Gina Lynn; and brothers Jimmy, Johnny, and Richard Smith. He is survived by children Steve (Melinda) Smith of Valley, AL , Nina (Andy) Clark of Raleigh, Joshua (Jennifer) Smith of Dudley; grandchildren DJ (Rachel) Hocutt of Raleigh, Zach Smith of Valley, AL, Calvin Hocutt of Raleigh, Courtney (Chris) Van Dyke of the home, Thomas “Gauge” Smith of Raleigh, Levi Clark of Raleigh, and; 6 great grandchildren: Heather Skye, George Dominic, Anna Faith, Tristan-Thomas, Jaxon and Bryson-Cameron as well as many non-biological family members, church family and friends.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 states, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…” Though those of us left behind have begun our time of mourning, we know the celebratory dance between Tommy and his bride Cheri in the presence of their Savior has only just begun.
Funeral services for Tommy will be held on Saturday, January 27th, 2024, at 2:00 PM (EST) at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. Interment will follow in Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery. Pastor Michael Golden will officiate. Tommy’s family will receive friends Friday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 PM (EST) at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley.
Please visit Tommy’s Memorial Tribute page at www.johnsonbrownservicefh.com to leave a kind word for his family, to share a memory of Tommy, or to light a Remembrance Candle in his memory.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directing.