Embraced in the arms of God, Billie Charles Smith, 87 of Ocean Springs, MS passed away on April 25, 2022.
Billie was a native of Purvis, MS and a longtime resident of Ocean Springs. After completing high school, Bill joined the military where he became a member of the 82nd Airborne Division Green Berets. He served in Vietnam and received numerous military awards including his Jump Wings. He retired after twenty years of services and moved into the private sector working as a crane operator and supervisor for Ingalls’s Shipbuilding. He enjoyed reading western mystery novels and spending time with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nathaniel Smith, Sr. and Susie Cain Smith; wife, Anna Smith; child, Lowell D. Mitchell; and siblings, Norma T. Bosarge, Mary Rachel Charlton, Susie T. McCallough, Robert H. Smith, Vernon Smith Sr., and Major Nathaniel Smith, Jr.
Billie is survived by his daughter, Dorine (John) Savage; son, Richard (Glendia) Mitchell; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
A visitation will be held from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm with a service at 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 30, 2022 all at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, Ocean Springs, MS. Burial will follow at Crestlawn Memorial Park, Ocean Springs.
Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, Ocean Springs is honored to serve the family of Mr. Billie Smith.