Billy Ray Smith
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Billy Ray Smith
  • August 2, 1927 - August 27, 2011
  • Clinton, Mississippi

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Mr. Billy Ray Smith, 84, died Saturday, August 27, 2011 at St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Clinton with interment in Lakewood Memorial Park. Visitation will be 5-8 PM Monday and 9:30 AM Tuesday, all at the church.

Mr. Smith, former Clinton Mayor from 1985-1993, was a member of First Baptist Church of Clinton, serving as Chairman of the Deacon Board, and was a member of the Joymakers Choir. He was a teacher, coach, and principal in the Clinton Public School System. He was a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Mississippi Army National Guard, and was also a Navy Veteran of World War II. Mr. Smith also served as a member of the Board of Hinds County Economic Development District. Smith received many notable honors over the course of his career, including Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce in 1979 and The Melvin Jones Fellow Award by the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

Mr. Smith is preceded in death by his parents, James and Tinie Smith; brothers: Earl Smith, Cliff Smith, Troy Smith, and Dorsey Smith; and by his sister, Ruby Boggan. He is survived by his wife, Mittie Kay Smith of Clinton; son, Bill Smith (Melissa) of Clinton; daughter, Mittie Smith Douglass (Jim) of Greensboro, NC; and grandchildren: Milam Smith, Conner Smith, Hannah Smith, Sarah Smith, Natalie Smith, Mallary Smith, Joseph Smith, Kathryn Douglass, and Carson Douglass.

Active Pallbearers will be Milam Smith, Conner Smith, Carson Douglass, Glen Worley, Roger Wigley, Steve Douglass, Steven Milner, and Barry Tyson. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the McPhail Sunday School Class, and the members of the Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216, or to Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy 925 Busse Road, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007.