Official Obituary of

William Thomas Smith

March 7, 1951 ~ March 2, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old

William Smith Obituary

William Smith, known affectionately to all as William, passed away on March 2, 2024, at the age of 72, in Dothan, Alabama, leaving behind a legacy of love, dedication, and gentle kindness. Born on March 7, 1951, in Niagara Falls, New York, William's journey through life was marked by his unwavering commitment to his family, his work, and his community.

William's life was shared with his beloved wife of 46 years, Dinah Smith, who together with their children, Jason Smith (Tabitha) and Clarence "Roy" Smith, created a home filled with warmth and laughter. His role as a grandfather to Cheyenne Crum, Tyler Crum, Shiann Bowles, and Thomas Johnson, as well as his joy in being a great-grandfather to four, was a source of immense pride and happiness. William's brother, John Nolan Smith (Linda), and Jamie Smith (Charlotte), along with his brother-in-law, James Black, and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins will fondly remember his loving spirit. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Dorothy Smith, his sister, Jessie Ruth Black, and his brother, Henry Smith.

William's work ethic was evident throughout his career. He was a skilled meat cutter at Hilltop in Gant, Alabama, for several years, where he was known for his meticulous attention to detail. His culinary talents shone brightly during his time as a cook on an offshore platform, feeding many guys while they worked. He then worked at Flowers Hospital as a cook also. William also served the community at the Jr. Food Store in Pensacola, Florida, and provided unwavering customer service at Walmart Southside for several years. His dedication to his work was matched only by his devotion to his faith as a member of Rehobeth Baptist Church.

Though a native of Andalusia, Alabama, William's heart was big enough to encompass all the lives he touched. His love for animals was profound, especially for his rescue dogs, who were a constant source of joy and companionship. William had a passion for refinishing furniture, bringing new life to pieces that others had discarded. His ability to tinker with engines was unparalleled, and he could often be found in his garage, lost in a world of parts and tools. Despite his worrywart nature, William's diligence always led him to find solutions to the problems at hand.

William was the epitome of a gentle soul, his loving nature a comfort to those around him. He was handy in more ways than one, not only with his hands but also in his capacity to handle the delicate matters of the heart. His presence was a reassuring force, and his absence will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 5pm until 7pm in the Sunset Memorial Park Chapel.

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March 5, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunset Funeral Home Chapel


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