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Jacksonville Journal, 1988

Earl Smith, 77, of city dies

Earl Smith, 77, of 1335 S. Diamond St. and formerly of Pisgah, died early Sunday, Dec. 19, at Passavant Hospital.

He was born May 31, 1911 in Monticello, Ky., a son of James Smith and Fronia Upton Smith Toler. He married Mary Witham on April 11, 1931 in Jacksonville.

He is survived by his wife; one son, John of Jacksonville; four daughters, Mrs. Richard (Dodie) Gillie and Mrs. James (Mary Louise) Doolin, both of Jacksonville, Mrs. Dennis (Barbara Jean) Burress of Decatur and Beverly Madding of Atlanta, Ga.; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two half brothers, Ernest Toler of Alexander and Homer Toler of Decatur; and two half sisters, Dorothy Thornton of Georgetown and Helen McManus of Jacksonville. He was preceded in death by two half brothers.

Mr. Smith was a retired farmer and a member of Union Baptist Church at Pisgah.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Union Cemetery at Pisgah. Friends may call after 11 a.m. Monday, with the family to meet with friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Pisgah Union Cemetery.

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