Willie Cary Smith was born to the late Alberta Donaldson on December 17, 1962 in Brunswick, Georgia. (Alberta was the daughter of the late J. Colonel and Beatrice McCray Donaldson.) Willie departed his earthly life on February 27, 2021 at the East Georgia Regional Medical Center Hospital in Statesboro, Georgia after a brief illness.
In Willie’s earlier years, he had lived and worked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as well as several cities in Georgia. As a result of a near fatal car accident in his early life, he was left paralyzed from the waist down spent the rest of his life getting around in a wheelchair. He continued to live his life to the fullest. He had resided in nursing homes in Sandersville, GA, Metter, GA and Wrightsville, GA before relocating to Eagle Health and Rehabilitation in Statesboro, GA approximately three years ago. While in Metter, GA Willie met cousins Bertha Pryor and Valerie McCray who were caregivers for his brother Clifford Bostic. After Clifford’s death, Willie asked his cousins to be his mothers and take care of him like they done for his brother. He depended on them to provide personal items and supplies the nursing home did not provide and to represent him in decision-making processes which were in the best interest on his behalf (medical, etc.). Willie was very friendly. He liked to socialize and enjoyed meeting and being around family and friends. He was well known for cruising around town in his motorized wheelchair visiting family or friends, shopping or browsing in stores.
Willie was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Brown and Ethel Lee Smith Johnson; and four brothers, Willie Smith, Jr., James Smith, Zim Brown and Clifford W. Bostic, Sr.
He leaves to cherish his memories two sons, Cary Smith and James Davis of Sandersville, GA; four brothers, Charlie Brown, Aaron Brown (Angela), Pastor Robert Brown (Denise) of Savannah, GA, an Jamie Smith of Miami, FL; three sisters, Joan Ward ( Pete) and Margie Dixon (Preston) of Savannah, GA and Bertha Cameron of Miami, FL; a devoted ex-wife, Betty Jean Davis of Sandersville, GA; five granddaughters; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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