John Wilson Smith
John Wilson Smith, a longtime Rockaway resident, died February 22.
Smith, a presser, was born in New Brockton, Alabama on October 26, 1939. He joined the First Baptist Church in 1993 and was a member of the male chorus. He also worked with the Peach Cobbler Ministry.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret.
Smith is survived by his father, Johnny Frank Smith; children, Adrienne, Curtis, Jeffrey, Sonya and Rhonda; grandchildren, Sequon, Davon, Shannon, Daquon, Shandell, Kalief, Justin, Nikita, Naquon, Shandera, Lamar, Shamar, Curtis Jr. and Curon; great-grandchild, Xeniya; brothers, Chester and Warren; sisters, Josephine and Delphine; sons-in-law, Ronald Harriotte and Victor Conyers; daughters-in-law, Vivian and Gail Smith; brothers-in-law, Bobby and Warren; godchildren, Rodney, Verisha, Raquan and Valerie Niecy Hayes; special friends, Vernon McCaw, Deacon Henry, Deaconess Earthelee Coleman and the Williams'; and many family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Home. Visitation and services were held at the First Baptist Church. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck, New York.