He attended New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, Lorain. Mr. Smith was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and he retired from Ford Motor Company, Lorain in 2000. After his retirement Mr. Smith was very active in many different positions. He was a Supervisor Captain for Continental Security and he worked for Gray Security of Cleveland. He also held the rank of Captain for the Lorain Police Auxiliary, President of the Iron Stallions Motorcycle Club of Lorain County, member of Amvets Post 32 of Elyria. He was a Funeral Escort for Frances Escort Service and Funeral Escort for Carter Funeral Home, Inc., where he also worked as a limo driver.
He was a member of GWRRA Chapter H-2 of Cleveland, where Smitty and his wife Pat were couple of the year in 2012 and 2013. He enjoyed camping, fishing, motorcycle riding and spending time with his family.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 18 years, Patricia Smith (nee Hall); his mother, Rena Taylor of Lorain; daughters, Robin Chapman, Regina (David) Aaron, Ernestine (John) Mincy, Kim Cosme, Bobby Jean Jackson and Thresa Hall, all of Lorain; sons, Robert Johnson and Michael Johnson, both of Lorain; sisters, Marcella (Thomas) Smalley, Sherdenia Stronad, Mary Ann Wyrick, Charmaine Taylor, Bernetta Geiger, Juanita Mosley, all of Lorain; brothers, Isiah Taylor, Sr. of Lorain and adopted brother, Dennis (Kenndria) Carter of Elyria; 20 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Robert Moss and Tommy Hall of Columbus; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rozell Booker; grandparents, Mary and Luther Grinston; brothers, Joseph Taylor, Sr. and Morgan “Butch” Taylor.
Friends may call Sunday, March 2, 2014 in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, 3001 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, (440) 244-5200, from 4 to 8 P.M. Services will be Monday, March 3, 2014 at 11 A.M. in the Church on the North Coast, 4125 Leavitt Road, Lorain. The Reverend Tyrone Holley, Pastor of New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain.