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Hoke 'Buzzy' Smith, Jr

April 17, 1933 February 5, 2014
Hoke 'Buzzy' Smith, Jr
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Obituary for Hoke 'Buzzy' Smith, Jr

Hoke “Buzzy” Smith, Jr. left his earthly home early Wednesday morning, February 5, 2014, at the age of 80. He died peacefully at his home on New Era Road in Sumter County. Buzzy was born in the Chambliss Community on April 17, 1933. His parents were Estelle and Hoke Smith, Sr. Grandparents were Maggie and John Thomas Methvin, and Eunice and A.W. Smith, Sr. Buzzy was a graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. He served for 4 years in U. S. Air Force and then returned to Americus to live his life. Buzz, as he was also known, spent many years working as a farmer and later in life worked as the maintenance director for the Sumter County School System. After retirement he started Olde Wood Designs and worked every day creating beautiful pieces of furniture from mostly reclaimed wood. He lived a life that was a true example of integrity and character. Buzzy was generous and a man of his word. He loved people and never met a stranger. He had a friend everywhere he went. Buzzy is survived by his wife of 59 years, Harriet Hargrove Smith. Also surviving are two daughters: Donna (and Harvey) Smith of Roswell, GA and Randi (and Jorge) Bonilla of Fayetteville, GA; six grandchildren: Doug, Heather, and Holly Smith, and Sofia, Rebeca, and Patrick Bonilla; his dog, Jack, and his little red truck. Also surviving are a sister, Margie (and Bobby) Strange, and a brother, Dan W. (and Sandra) Smith, all of Americus. Buzzy was preceded in death by a brother, Pat Smith. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers are Harvey Smith, Jorge Bonilla, Doug Smith, Patrick Bonilla, Chuck Strange, Troy Smith, Russ Strange, Frank Jones, Jamed Stephens, and Clay Strange. Honorary pallbearers are members of the “Wood Butchers” and Buzzy’s faithful helper, Paul Allen. Donations in honor of Buzzy may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, League of Good Samaritans, or any charity of your choice.

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