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Celebrating the life of

Jeffrey L. Smith

Passed away on October 10, 2021

Jeffrey L. Smith

Jeffrey Louis Smith, 70, passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Memorial University Medical Center.  He was born March 31, 1951 in Trenton, NJ to Albert Smith, Jr. and Geraldine Smith.  Soon after his birth, he and his family moved to Savannah where he lived the rest of his life.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Timothy and Albert Smith, brothers-in-law, James Strickland, Glenn Braddy, and Mike Russell. 

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Suzanne Strickland Smith, sons, Jeffrey “Luke” (Katherine) Smith and Benjamin Louis Smith, grandchildren, Kinsley, Luke, Aislin, Ryland, and Lillian.  Also surviving are his siblings, Suzanne Braddy, Michele Davis (Robbie), Therese Russell, and multiple loved and adored nieces, nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews.

He was a devout Christian all his life with a deeply religious upbringing.  He graduated from H.V. Jenkins High School, c/o 1969 and attended South Georgia College.  He served in Korea with the U.S. Army.  While serving, he was a dental assistant, an armed forces radio D.J.  and in a band that played in the USO Club.  Upon returning from military service, and for most of his life he owned J.S. Dental Ceramics.  At the time of his passing, he was employed for many years with Classic Craft.

Jeffrey’s #1 love, after his family, was being a D.J.  Music set his soul on fire, putting a grin on his face from ear to ear and sent his head bobbing.  He loved the Atlanta Braves and the Georgia Bulldawgs.

A Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Fox & Weeks, Hodgson Chapel.  The family will have a time of visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. 

Burial will be in Beaufort National Cemetery. 

Remembrances may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.




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We are so sorry for your loss. Jeff "The Hit Man" Smith was always kind, caring and fun! It was truly a pleasure to work with him. He will be missed but never forgotten.

- John Beasley, Savannah, GA

So sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you all

- Ann Cosnahan, METTER, GA

Our condolences and prayers for the entire family. Jeff’s laugh was hilarious and contagious! He will be missed!

- Barbara Briscoe Sheehan, Savannah , GA

Please accept my condolences for your loss. May God's grace and love be evident to you in the days before you. ...Love, ❤

- Lynne Boatright, Savannah, GA

Luke and family, we are so sorry for your loss and you are in our thoughts and prayers!!!

- Vitoria International Owners and Staff, Savannah , GA

Luke, I'm sorry for your loss. May God give you and your family peace and comfort during this difficult time and in the days to come.

- Nick Overstreet , Vidalia, GA

Luke, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. On behalf of myself and the staff at Cambria, please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

- Cambria , Savannah,, GA

So sorry for your loss. I will that late get together, Jeff , Mike and myself had almost every evening. I will always remember Jeff because he made one of my teeth quite awhile back. Miss his big smile a lot . To the Smith family please take care of yourself because Jeff will looking down smiling at everyone !!!

- Clark Namias, Savannah, Ga

Suzanne, Luke and Ben, sending prayers of comfort to all of you during this difficult time.

- Claiborne and Rosemary Lewis, Savannah , GA

Praying for you and your family Luke! So sorry to hear of your Jeff's passing. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

- Thomas East, Savannah, Georgia

Prayers go out to the family.

- Henry Kirkendall, Kissimmee, FL

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I still can't believe it, but Hitman has gone Home to be with our Father. It occurs to me that he made a lifelong career of making "impressions" but the greatest, most lasting impression he made, was the one he imprinted onto the hearts of all who knew and loved him. Jeff was truly one of a kind...the truly AWESOME kind...Godly, talented, humble, forgiving, generous, caring, and fun. Just a GREAT spirit. We should all be more like Jeff! I have all of you securely in my thoughts and prayers. Jesus' peace and much love~Kathy Mac

- Kathy McIntosh, Thunderbolt, Ga

I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Jeff's passing! He was such a kind man and always made me smile when he called us to make his car insurance payment. We are praying for your family!

- Grace Phillips, Savannah, GA

Oh goodness our dear sweet “POD” “FLASH” “HIT MAN” we will miss you always! May you rest in the arms of Jesus forever!!! God’s strength to all who loved this wonderful man who brought so much joy to everyone!!! Kaye and Greg Burch

- Kaye and Greg Burch, Savannah , Ga

Words cannot express my sorrow upon hearing of Pods passing. I have long memories of Jeff, we first met in High School. We served together in the Army in the early seventies. Music brought us together and kept the friendship ongoing through the years. My sincere condolences to Suzanne, Luke Ben and their families, and to the Smith family. Y’all were and still are the best family experience I’ve ever known, God speed Pod.

- Kenny Warman(Weeb), Richmond Hill, Georgia

So many wonderful memories. You were loved by us all and we will never forget you, Flash. Go ahead and get God’s celestial band tuned up, we will see you soon. Godspeed. Karen and Jim McBride

- Karen and Jim McBride, Savannah, Ga

“RIO” POD, we are so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. Our hart felt condolences to Suzanne smith, Suzanne Braddy, Michelle & Robbie Davis and all the Smith family. Jeff an I had a blast in sociology class at JHS, he a senior & I a junior. I was Jeff’s “UBER DRIVER” before Uber was Uber. While returning from Atlanta last Friday with another friend of Jeff’s and mine, we were reminiscing of fun times with great friends and Jeff was the major character, we had no idea, and only learned the next day of Jeff’s passing. Jeff will be greatly missed but his spirit will live on. Mack and MaryAlice Faulkner

- Mack & MaryAlice Faulkner , Port Royal, SC

my condolences, Jeff was my friend and co-worker we always was sharing food, snacks, drinks and talking in our lunch time, I will miss my good friend.

- Harry J, Hinesville, GA

Jeff was my dear friend for over 30 years. I will miss him greatly. My condolences to the family. Nate @K Dental lab

- Nathaniel Ross, Savannah, Ga

I share my condolences and prayers to the Smith family and everyone who knew Jeff.

- Brandy Hopkins , Savannah, Ga.

When I lived in Savannah I worked in a business next door to J. S. Dental Ceramics. It was my pleasure to have coffee every morning with Jeff and his father "Pop" Smith. It is a pleasant memory that I still miss. My condolences to Suzanne and their family.

- Paul Westbrook, Brunswick, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel