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Official Obituary of

Howard "Uncle Jap/Papa" V. Smith

December 8, 1939 ~ April 2, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Howard "Uncle Jap/Papa" Smith Obituary

Howard Vernon Smith, 84, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2024. He was fondly known as ‘Uncle Jap’ by his immediate family and ‘Papa’ by those in his extended family of Ms. Doris Owens.

‘Jap/Papa’ truly enjoyed all that life brought his way from his large family and all that was shared with them to the many friends that were made during his journey in life. He loved to tinker, ride his Harley when he was a member of the ‘Friendly Riders’ motorcycle group, and especially enjoyed the family cookouts and meals at ‘Shealy’s BBQ’. As years passed, ‘Jap/Papa’ continued to maintain his property by working his way to his lawnmower each morning and spending the day riding from brush pile to brush pile.

Surviving include his brother, Windell Smith; sister, Rhett Jumper; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents, Joesph Earl and Barbra Estell Smith; brothers, Cyrus, McKinzie, and Joel Smith; sisters, Earlene, Matilda, Leola, Irene, and Dorlee; and his longtime companion, Doris Owens.

Funeral service will be held 11am Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lexington Chapel. Burial will follow at Pond Branch Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6pm to 8pm Friday, April 5, 2024 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to MSA Hospice Donations P O Box 536691 Pittsburg, PA 15253-5908; memo section Vernon Smith, who were very helpful and supportive during Howard’s last days with us.

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April 5, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Barr-Price Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel
609 Northwood Road
Lexington, SC 29072

Funeral Service
April 6, 2024

11:00 AM
Barr-Price Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel
609 Northwood Road
Lexington, SC 29072

April 6, 2024

Pond Branch Methodist Church Cemetery
1912 Pond Branch Road
Gilbert, SC 29054


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