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Celebrating the life of

Virgil (Clayton) Smith

September 17, 1952 - April 03, 2023

Virgil (Clayton) Smith

Mr. Clayton “Papa” Smith passed away on Monday, April 3, 2023, at his home in Savannah. He was born in Greenwood, South Carolina on September 17, 1952, to Jesse and Sadie Smith.

Clayton is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Ruth Smith, along with his son, Clayton Smith (Amelia), his daughters, Debi Smith-Howell, Dana Smith, Jessica Smith-DeGroot (Ben), Shannon Collins (Chris), and Kristy Goodman (Trey). Clayton has 14 grandchildren: Alyssa, Buddy, Dalton, Luke, Hanna, Abby, Austin, Brenden, Tabitha, Andrew, Alex, Annie, Connor and Katie. He is also survived by his sister Trudy Green and several nieces and nephews. Clayton is preceded in death by his parents, sister Juanita Smith and brother Charles Smith.

Clayton proudly served in the United States Army, was a business owner, tradesman, loving husband, admired father and cherished papa. 

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service honoring his life on Friday, April 14th, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 11500 Middleground Rd., Savannah, Georgia, reception to follow.

“…We hold you close within our hearts

and there you will remain. 

To walk and guide us through our lives,

until we meet again…”






I am so sorry for your loss. Clayton was a wonderful man and good friend to my family. May the Lord bless and keep Clayton and angels guide him to his heavenly reward.

- Mary Anne Bryndal, Savannah, GA

George and I want to express our sincerest condolences. George treasured when he worked with Clayton and enjoyed fishing and camping together. His memorable laugh will forever be etched in our minds. We enjoyed the days long ago when our families shared game nights on New Year's Eve. Ruth and family, we are truly sorry for what we know is a profound loss and carnal wound. George says it was an honor to know and be part of Clayton's life. He still calls him a friend even though so many years have passed since we moved away from Georgia. Our love and support for you and yours, Samantha and George Raffield

- Samantha and George Raffield, Houston, TX

We are so very sorry for your loss. Clayton was a dear friend and neighbor so many years ago in Savannah. We will always hold our many memories close to our hearts. Clayton always treated people with respect and loved his family so very much. He had the greatest sense of humor that kept us all laughing. Please know that we will be keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers in the days to come. Rest in Heavenly Peace ole friend. Jackie and LeeAnne, Thomson, Ga

- The Raffield Family, Thomson , Ga

I will miss you Uncle Clayton! I will always remember all the good times we had together, like when we went swimming.... Love you so much, I'll see you again one day in the Promised Land!!!!

- Joey Green, Shelby, NC

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I'm so sorry for the loss of Uncle Clayton. I'll always remember how he made my Aunt Ruth laugh and the stories he told when we visited. Keeping everyone in our thoughts, Heather, Edward, Lucy & Evan.

- Heather Danner, Lakehills, TX

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Our prayers are with your family at this time. Mr. Clayton was a wonderful person and we always looked forward to his visit. Weather it was stories from the army or his gardening adventures he always had something funny to tell Mark and I and he will be missed.

- Ryan-Futch Family, Pooler , Georgia

I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Clayton was a wonderful man that came to be my friend as well. He will be very missed!

- Lanna Henze, Bloomingdale, GA

We love you and are praying for you as your dear Clayton is now one with God in our heavenly kingdom. Peace be with you.

- Mike and Lori Williams, Pooler, Ga

Keep strong Ruth, and carry on. Clayton would want nothing less. Let your kids, be his hugs for you

- Jim Danner, San Antonio, TEXAS

I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you comfort.

- Nancy Lockhart, Guyton, GA

So sorry to hear about CLAYTON he was a good neighbor back on Speir. Been awhile that seen Ruth and Clayton my heart is you

- John H Moon, Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear about CLAYTON he was a good neighbor back on Speir. Been awhile that seen Ruth and Clayton my heart is you

- John H Moon, Savannah, GA

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- Debi, Dalton, Luke, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • Memorial Service
  • 1:00 p.m. on Fri, April 14, 2023
  • St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
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