Reflections of Life
Leroy Smith affectionately known as “Snake”, was born April 18, 1943 in Mullins, South Carolina to George and Nell Smith. God called his angel home on August 27, 2020.
Leroy was very outgoing and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was the middle child of five, but as the only son he became the “protector” of his sisters. At an early age, Leroy gave his life to Christ and was baptized at St. Paul Baptist Church in Mullins where he was a member.
Leroy was educated at Palmetto Elementary and High School. He was a star of the Palmetto High School Bulldogs basketball team and won two state championships while on the team. Leroy was very friendly, outgoing, and popular in high school. He was naturally charismatic, made friends easily and everyone wanted to be around him. It was in high school where Leroy met the love of his life, Nellie. Leroy and Nellie were married on April 11, 1966 and from this union, they had one son, Terry Leon Smith. Leroy moved his family to New Jersey a few years later where he began his career in the trucking business. He worked for a local trucking company in Port Newark before proudly establishing his own business, Mullins Trucking Company. Leroy was a member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Newark, NJ where he sang in the choir and served as a Deacon. He was very fashion forward and a car enthusiast.
Leroy leaves to celebrate his life his beloved wife of 54 years, Nellie T. Smith; son, Terry L. Smith; daughter, Julia Miles; daughter-in-law, Sadiq Smith; three sisters, Gaynell Brown, Joyce Boyd (Col. Reese), and Doris Smith; six grandchildren, Jazzmine Smith, Jihad Smith, Madinah Jenkins, Damiene Rogers, Rasheda Rogers, and Quashema Rogers, four sisters-in-law, Thomasine Floyd, Marginell Lawrence, Tommie Jean Johnson and Gloria Page; three brothers-in-law, Don Page (Ophelia), Allen Page (Marvene) and Willie Page; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Leroy was preceded in death by his parents, George and Nell Smith; his sister, Margie Smith; and brother-in-law Roland Johnson.
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