William Smith

William Henry "Bill" Smith Jr.

Tuesday, June 20th, 1939 - Monday, February 17th, 2020
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William H. "Bill" Smith, Jr, 80, of Kilmarnock, Virginia passed away February 17, 2020. He was a U. S. Army veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Lackert Smith; sons ,William R. Smith (Linda) of Georgia, Stephen Smith (Terry) of Weems and Brian Smith (Annette) of Colorado; daughter, Deborah Smith of Weems; grandchildren, Tim Smith, Samantha Kuehler (Daniel) Matthew Smith (Virginia), Sarah Smith, Ryan Smith, Alex Smith and Devonte Taylor; great grandchildren, Mia Smith, Leo Taylor, R. J. Smith, Addison Lee Smith and Delaney Rae Smith; sisters, Jean Ellen Oquinn ( Mike) of Tappahannock, Elizabeth "Sissy" Davis of Pennsylvania and Barbara Smith of Callao; brother, Leroy Smith (Katherine) of Callao and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William H. Smith, Sr. and Margaret Connor Smith and brothers, Albert Smith and James L. Smith.

Bill started working at Tides Inn at the age of 13 and continued there for over 50 years. He will always be remembered for his smile and laughter and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p. m. Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock, Va. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia, 1328 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, VA 22560 or Kilmarnock- Lancaster Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 333, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.

The family greatly appreciates the kindness he received from his special caregiver, Kim Walker.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Currie Funeral Home
    116 East Church St
    P.O. Box 1275
    KILMARNOCK, VA 22482
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 2:00pm
    Currie Funeral Home
    116 East Church St
    P.O. Box 1275
    KILMARNOCK, VA 22482
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Captain Tom Colligan

Posted at 07:43am
Bill & I worked together for 4 seasons at The Tides Marina. As t he unofficial historian of Miss Ann, Bill was a prime source of historic events of her travels, noted guests and wonderful myths over her 55 years of service. Beyond his diligent work ethic, Bill was one of the kindest man I have ever worked with. He always ready to bestow gratitude and savvy advise to those in need of comfort.
Here is picture of the private Ludeman party & crew after her final cruise in 2008.

Jason, Kasi, Kris and Karen

Posted at 11:14am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending our warmest condolences.
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Gordon Slatford

Posted at 10:59am
Bill was a fine man who told me countless tales of life at the Tides Inn and more nautically inclined stories of life on Miss Ann. Perhaps the best was breaking the blockade of Havana Harbor during the Bay of Pigs crisis. I remember him as a polite and kind man who was really quite unassuming in himself, He did not realise all the love there was for him from all those who came in contact with him. It was a sad day when Miss Ann sailed out of Carters Creek but we had a fine dinner and both he and captain Smith received lovely framed pictures of Miss Ann. I hope that will remain in his family as a tribute to a very fine man. Between Bill and Clarence they were the custodians of the Tides finest asset and this picture on her last cruise shows how Bill was always there to greet his passengers. At the top of the gangplank he was like the Guardian Angel of Miss Ann and also in this picture one of his greatest admirers and friends, Jimmy Carter. Always loved you Bill. Rest in peace my friend. Gordon Slatford

Julie Dudley

Posted at 08:23am
Bill was the sweetest man I know and really enjoyed our chats at the Tides. Condolences to Grace and all of the family.

Stanley W. Dawson, Jr

Posted at 10:36pm
My condolences. I will miss him waving from his back porch this summer when I short cut through that alley on my mower.

Stanley W. Dawson, Jr.
Kilmarnock, VA

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