Celebrating the life of

Delma Edward Smith

February 18, 1949 - January 30, 2021

Delma Edward Smith

Delma Edward Smith, age 71, was born in Savannah, GA to Mary L. Smith & Virgil E. Smith from Savannah, but more recently from Ellabell/Black Creek, GA.

Delma grew up in Savannah, attended Juliette Low Elementary, Myers Junior High, Herschel V. Jenkins High & graduated from Armstrong State College. He was a Tomo-chi-chi Order of the Arrow and a proud Eagle Scout. He was also a member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. He was an avid bowler most of his life. His fun job was being Nascar Official at Oglethorpe Speedway for 45+ years. In his early career, he worked for U.S. Customs and then eventually retired as a Revenue Officer for the IRS. In 1984, he started his own Tax Consulting business. He was secretary of the St. James Men's Club and a very active member of the Catholic War Veterans.

 Although his illness lasted only a month, he fought a very courageous battle. Delma had many wonderful traits, the most admirable being a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He spent a large portion of his life helping others in every possible way. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten by his loving family. His wife: Joyce S. Smith, daughter: Hope Smith Workman (Mark), son: Christopher J. Smith (Sarah), grandchildren: Landon J. Smith and Avery K. Smith, mother: Mary L. Smith, sister: Patricia Ehlers and brother: V. Eugene Smith, Jr. (Marilyn). He was survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am, Thursday, February 4, 2021 at St. James Catholic Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  

A private burial will be held at Bonaventure Cemetery.





Pam an I and the entire Flounder Restaurant family expresses our deepest condolences to the Smith family. We all loved Delma and considered him the best of friends, we are all sad.

- Ken and Pam Toney and The Flounder, Spartanburg, South Carolina

I am so sorry for your loss. Delma and I knew each other in HS and were good FB friends . He backed me up and I backed him up. I find myself at a loss. What a patriot! I am so sorry. God be with you.

- Davis, Savannah, Ga

I am so sorry for your loss. Delma and I knew each other in HS and were good FB friends . He backed me up and I backed him up. I find myself at a loss. What a patriot! I am so sorry. God be with you.

- Nancy Davis, Savannah, Ga

It is with great regret that I discovered this morning that we will never hear word of fun, Friendship, concern, and joy from my longtime friend. Rest In Peace and God’s Speed my friend. Joyce, my deepest sympathy and love to you and your family. Delma you made the world a better place. You will be remembered and missed.

- Leard Huggins, Savannah, GA

We are so very saddened by the passing of our friend Delma. May God cradle him in his arms for eternity. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joyce and all family members. RIP my friend.

- Ralph and Hope Fuller , Savannah , Ga

May God's peace and comfort carry you in these days ahead. Delma was such a sweet man and will be missed by many.

- Jimmy and Celena Egan, SAVANNAH, GA

Joyce and Family,,We are so sorry to hear about Delma. Thoughts and prayers for your family

- Skeeter Jenkins, Guyton, Ga

Joyce and Family,,We are so sorry to hear about Delma. Thoughts and prayers for your family

- Skeeter Jenkins, Guyton, Ga

Joyce and Family we are very sorry about the loss of Delma. I know the Lord will give all of you the strength to get through this difficult time.

- Gail and Eddie Wallace, SNELLVILLE, GA

On behalf of myself and Southeastern Tax & Accounting, P.C., our deepest condolences during your time of loss. Delma was a trusted associate of our firm for the past 20 years. His dedication and work ethic will be missed. If there is anything we can do, please do not hesitate to contact us.

- Joey Vance, Bristol, TN

Dearest Joyce, Hope, Chris, (Gracie) and beloved family members. My deepest sympathy on this unplanned loss of Delma. I will so miss seeing him walking sweet Gracie daily. May you find comfort in your memories of joy filled times together. May you see his legacy live on in your lives and the lives of his sweet grandchildren, Landon and Avery. My continued prayers for all.

- Cannella, Savannah, GA

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Nahum 1:7 "The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him". Greatly missed. Forever Loved. Our hearts and prayers are and will be with you in the days to come. love, jan

- Steve & Jan, BRIDGETON, North Carolina

Deepest Sympathy and prayers for Delma’s entire family. A Special friend is protecting us in Heaven.

- Bob Warnock, Cypress , Texas

So sorry for your loss. Love you guys

- Damon Smith, Savannah, GA

We are saddened by the loss of Delma and will miss his smile and good spirited chatter around the neighborhood. Our deepest condolences go out to Joyce and the family ( including Gracie). He will be missed.

- Joel & Carol Greenberg , Savannah , GA

Joyce, I was so very shocked to learn of Delma's passing. I feel like I too have lost a family member. You and your family have meant so much to me over the last 35-40 years. He will be missed, and you and Hope will remain in my prayers. Sadly Gerald Benson

- Gerald Benson, Savannah, 223

I am sorry for your loss Mrs. Joyce. I am loss for words but you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You are always loved and never forgotten. May your soul Rest In Peace Delma.

- Kamesha Mabry (ENT Associates of Savanah), Savannah, Georgia

Just want to say how very sorry I am!! Delma was a great, great husband, father, grandfather and uncle!!! He will be greatly missed by many!!! Love y’all soo much!!! And again so very sorry!! Y’all are in my prayers!!!

- Tara Smith Helmly, Savannah, Ga

My deepest sympathy and comfort to all of the family. I had the privilege to enjoy a great conversation with Delma last year when I picked up a few items Hope made for me and my family. I remember pulling up to the house, I knocked on the door and Mr. Smith walks out and had me laughing so hard I was in tears. (We were discussing politics) What a comedian the few times I met Mr. Smith. May the lord give Ms. Joyce strength in this difficult time. Ms. Joyce you have some wonderful children and grandchildren. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband.

- Deena Brabham , Savannah , Georgia

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On behalf of the Stark family we send you all our deepest condolences and may god comfort, protect, and console you all during your deepest sympathy. Delma will be missed , never forgotten

- Dorene Stark, Richmond Hill, Georgia

Joyce I was so very surprised when I heard of Delma's passing. My heartfelt prayers go out to you and the family during this most difficult time.

- Paul J Weber, Savannah, GA

Our deepest sympathies and prayers for your loss. Delma was a great man. As a business associate he was a pioneer in the field of client representation. His career accomplishments were truly remarkable. As a friend I will never forget the trips to Las Vegas for our professional education. Delma was such a great joy to be around. But most importantly, he never missed an opportunity to emphasize the importance of putting his family first with unconditional love. He had a million heartwarming stories about Joyce, Chris, Hope and the grandkids. It was unquestionably his true purpose in life. I know he will be in all our hearts and minds forever.

- Mark & Jeanette Altemose , Lexington , SC

So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for peace and strength for your family.

- Sally & Wayne Best, Guyton, GA

I am so sorry to hear this news. My prayers for Delma’s family.

- Angela (Gresham) Fulkert, Hilton Head Island , SC

A neighbor of Ronnie's for years and friend of mine from St James Catholic Church, Delma was a dear friend and much admired neighbor, husband, Dad and Grandfather. His love for Landon was unmatched! RIP friend. Love you and your family!

- Anita and Ronnie Smith, Savannah, Ga

I’m in shock right now over the news. Delma knew how to make you smile and brighten up your day. We graduated from Jenkins together. Please accept my condolences and prayers for the family. He will be missed.

- Adrienne Campbell Jones, Savannah , GA

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Joyce, you and your family are in my prayers every day. I am so sorry for your loss! If only I had magic words to help you thru this I would. I pray GOD will give you strength, patience, and guidance thru this tough time. All My Love, Jimmie Sue HUG GRACIE FOR ME

- Jimmie S. Gunn, Pooler, , Georgia

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Sending love, hugs, prayers, and comfort for the loss of Uncle Delma. He made me smile and laugh every time I saw him. He will be missed. Love you all.

- Melanie Smith, San Diego, CA

I will forever miss this great man. Your family are in my prayers. He not only had clients but made many great friends. I’m honored and blessed to have met this great man. He will be missed.

- Frankie Slaughter, Bristol , Tennessee

Linda and I are so sorry to hear about Delma. We had so much fun to gather at church and when we cr pooled to St James together when the kids were young. We are all going to miss him.

- The Broderick, Savannah, GA

Please accept my condolences for your loss. (I worked with Rachael for many years at BBS and knew Delma from OSP.)

- Lynne Boatright, Savannah, GA

Joyce, Please accept our sincere condolences for the sudden loss of Delma. We will miss his smiling face and his contagious enthusiasm. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Sincerely, Bart & Pat

- Bart & Pat Picasso, Savannah, Georgia

We have been praying for you Joyce,since we heard about Delma’s passing. Give our love to Hope and all of your family. Delma always made us smile. Sincerely, Richard & Anita Morgan

- Richard &Anita Morgan , Savannah , Ga.

Deepest sympathy to all of you. Sending prayers to lift you during this sad time.

- Debbie & Otis DeMott, SAVANNAH, GA

So very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

- Deanie &Hubert Brantley , Big Pine Key, FL

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Hope, and your family during this time.

- Jennifer D Baker, MIDLAND, NC

Joyce, I was so sad when HOLLIS first called to tell me of Delma‘s illness and distressed when I found out that he had passed away and gained his wings. I have many fond memories of Delma and HOLLIS and all the many pranks and things that they got into. One of those tended to be pestering me. HOLLIS I know is going to miss him greatly as they remain friends all these years even if they weren’t able to be face-to-face due to living in different towns. Please remember all the laughter and fond memories that you and Delma had together. I know we had a lot of fun over the years. That’s the times that he would want for you to remember. Fondly, Camille

- Camille Puckett , Peachtree Corners, Georgia

Joyce, Tom and I are so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Our prayers go out to you and your family. May God give you peace and strength. Marnelle and Tom

- Marnelle Lax, Lawrenceville, GA

Those of us in the tax community will miss him greatly. He and Bev will be in heaven resolving issues up there

- Dan Thomas

Smith family, I am so very sorry to hear of this news. My heart aches for you all; wishing your sweet family strength, peace, and comfort during this most difficult time.

- Katie (Sandefur) Pilcher , Savannah , GA

So saddened to learn of Delma's passing. My prayers and condolences for his family. God bless

- Stephen Ross, Seattle, WA

Iwas not a personal friend of Delma but I feel like I was .I was also born in 1949 and my dad took me almost every Friday night.i talked to Delma many times at the track and bowling alley.i to was a avid bowler I never bowled on his team but bowled on sevey leags he did . Delma was very serious about his bowling.and officiating at the track.and a lot of fun at the bowling alley.iam so sorry for his many friends and family lose .He was definitely a great guy.

- Ramon Pickard, Eden, GA

I knew Delma from the neighborhood growing up. Fond memories of German Country Club as teenagers. He was the BEST bowler and I was the worst at the club. They paired us for some tournament and we WON. We use to play a name game as kids and he will always be "Selma Dith" to me. So sorry to hear of his passing.

- Betsy Brazzeal, 9236 Garland Dr Savannah Ga, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • Mass of Christian Burial