Willard C. Smith, Sr.
Willard C. Smith, Sr.

November 24, 1939 - November 7, 2016
Resided in Philadelphia, PA

Obituary

WILLARD C. SMITH, SR. was born November 24, 1939 to the late Wilman Lee
Smith and the late Ellen Washington Smith.
Of this union, Wilman (brother) who preceded him in death, was the older of
the two. Willard departed this life on November 7, 2016, after a brief illness.
Willard, affectionately known as, "Daddio", was educated in Eastern
Pennsylvania, through private schooling. After graduating, he went on to serve his
country in the United States Air Force where he was honorably discharged. Willard
attended Penco Tech, where he studied Air Conditioning and Commercial
Refrigeration. From this, his dream business ACRAC, of 30 years was conceived.
Will accepted Christ and was baptized at Resurrection Baptist Church, where
he sang on the choir for a brief time. In his final hour, Will asked for the 23rd Psalm to
be read, after prayer, his last word was Amen.
Willard's work ethic was incredible and showed through his diligence. In
addition to being a self employed businessman, he was the co-writer of the novel,
"The Waymor" and the founder/producer of Philly Through My Ear (P.T.M.E.)
Recording Label.
He laid the first perfect brick for "Partners for Civic Pride" and was highly
influential to many neighborhood youth and their aspirations in life.
Willard was also presented an American Legion certificate of Active
Participation, by Post #151.
His legacy will live on forever.
Willard was preceded in death by one child, Sterling Smith. He leaves to
mourn: his former wife, Carolyn Smith; six children, Pam Cephas, Pam Smith,
Willard C. Smith II, Harry Smith, Ellen Smith and Ashley P. Smith; two sons-in-law,
Mahlon Cephas and Eddie Deloach; one daughter-in-law, Jada Pinkett-Smith; fifteen
grandchildren, Jamala Goodman, Kyle and Dion Smith, Trey, Jaden and Willow
Smith, Sydney and Langston Smith, Skylar and Pilar Downs, Dominic White, Oshod
McDuffie, Quaymir Cephas, Maliq Hairson and Nazir Spellman; one great-
grandchild, Alexander Goodman; and a host of family, friends and loved ones.

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Services

Visitation
Terry Funeral Home Memorial Chapel
4203-05 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA US 19104
Sunday, November 13, 2016
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday, November 14, 2016
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Service
Christian Stronghold Baptist Church
4203-05 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA US 19104
Monday, November 14, 2016
11:00 AM
Cemetery
Rolling Green Memorial Park
West Chester Pike, Route 3
West Chester, PA US 19381
Monday, November 14, 2016