Gregory Harold Smith
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 1:00 AM
Gregory Harold Smith, 48, passed away on June 20, 2013, at his home in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
He was born in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Harold and Yvonne Smith, and grew up in Philadelphia.
He graduated from Philadelphia High School in 1983 and the University of Mississippi in 1988.
He and his wife of 23 years, Missy Smith, lived in Hattiesburg where he worked for Sunburst Bank until 1992.
Upon returning to Philadelphia, he took over Shelter Insurance Agency. Having learned the convenience store business at Harold's Short Stop, he partnered with his father and opened Harold's West End in 1993. He opened Papa's Pizza in 1997 while continuing to develop commercial property. More recently, he was excited about the opportunity to open a new business selling wine and spirits here in Philadelphia.
Greg was a member of First United Methodist Church of Philadelphia. He was also an active member of the community and participated in organizations he was passionate about such as, the Adam Byrd Literary Society, the Philadelphia High School Booster Club, the Ole Miss Athletic Foundation and the Masons. He was a lifetime member of the Philadelphia Country Club.
He is survived by his wife, Missy Ingram Smith; three sons, Gregory Latimer Smith, John Harold Wesley Smith and William Morris Smith; his mother, Sonja Yvonne Smith; and two sisters, Janet Smith Hillman and Melody Smith Webb.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Lamar Smith; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Smith and Mr. and Mrs. James M. Smith.
Among Greg's greatest joys was being a father to his three sons and sharing his love of sports and the outdoors with them. He was a best friend to many and considered them a part of his family.
Services were held Sunday, June 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. from First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Fred Britton officiating. Burial followed in Eastlawn Cemetery. McClain-Hays Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were John Alford, Wesley Walls, Cecil Price, Jeremy Chalmers, Alvin Kidd, Ray Burrage, Tommy Polk and Steve Molpus. Honorary pallbearers were, Alan Hines, Monty Lang, Eric Prince, Barry Clark, Norman Wilson and Danny Howell.