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Michael Smith

(GRAHAM) Funeral services for Michael Smith, 69, of Graham will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at 2 p.m. at Gold Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. T.J. Morgan and Rev. David Daniel officiating. Burial will follow at the adjoining cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church from 3:30-8 p.m. on Friday, March 3. Mr. Smith will lie in state for one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Mr. Smith passed away on Wednesday, March 1, in Graham.

Survivors include his wife, Nelda Akins Smith; daughters, Kimberly Rodriguez (Chris) of Woodland and Kristi Morgan (Terry) of Bowdon, Ga..; son, Stacy Smith of Graham; four grandchildren, Alexus Smith, Skyler Smith, Joshua Rodriguez and Jonathan Rodriguez; one great-grandchild, Isabella Smith; brother, Joe Crosby (Teresa) of Gadsden; sister-in-law, Agatha Gay (Hoyt); and brothers-in-law, Bennie Akins (Faye) and Elton Akins.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Akins, Elton Akins, Benny Akins, Steve Akins, Dana Akins and Brandon Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be his nieces and nephews.

Mr. Smith was born in Anniston on March 24, 1953, the son of Alton and Myra Kemp Smith. He was Baptist by faith and worked for Carlisle Tire. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Harriett Brown; and one nephew, Chad Brown.

Memorials may be floral.

The family wishes to thank Amedisys Home Health and Compassus Hospice for their care.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.

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