Tarvi Montanay Smith

Published 5:02 pm Friday, July 28, 2017

Funeral services for Mr. Tarvi Montanay Smith will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. from the Georgiana High School Auditorium. Rev. Christopher Aaron Bennett will officiate. Burial will follow in Maye Cemetery. Hudson Funeral Services of Greeenville, Ala., will be directing.

Tarvi Montanay Smith, 38, humbly submitted to God’s call home on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery, Ala.

Smith was born March 1, 1979 at Fort Benning, Ga., to Grover D. and Debra G. Smith.  He was the second-eldest of four children.

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Smith was educated in Butler County and graduated from Georgiana High School. After graduating from high school, He enlisted in the United States Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. Upon returning home, Smith attended Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.

At an early age, Smith joined the Long Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Being called by God to a greater purpose, he served as a devotion leader, youth mentor, motivational speaker, usher and drill team member.  Moreover, he gave himself generously as a community volunteer.

Two of his greatest attributes were his infectious smile and gentle laughter while ministering to others. Additionally, Smith started an e-ministry, called “Something 2 Think About.”  The purpose was to assist

others in developing a deeper walk with the Lord.

Smith was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Mandy (Dave) George; great-grandfather, Artis (Narvie) Maye Sr., and grandfathers, Isiah Edwards Jr., Grover D. Smith Sr. and step-father, Charlie Scott.

Smith’s beautiful life will forever be cherished by his mother, Debra (Edward Earl) Kent, and  father, Grover D. Smith (Costella),both of Montgomery, Ala.; sister, April (Wesley) Jones, Montgomery, Ala.; brothers, Cedric (Lacretia) Smith, Pensacola, Fla., and LaChadrick Smith, Georgiana, Ala.; step brothers: Ali and Gerald Crenshaw, Georgiana, Ala.: grandmothers, Zola M. Smith and Bernice (Ben) Fountain, both of Georgiana, Ala.; aunts, Shirley(Hercules) Eason, Sanford, Fla., Sherry (Albert) Martin, West Palm Beach, Fla., Gloria (Nels) Pate, Ocoee, Fla., Sonia Thomas and Farry Brown, Georgiana, Ala., Johnnie (Darla) Smith, Ocoee, Fla., Dorothy (Larry) Duncan, Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Carolyn Benion, Fairview Park, Ohio, Cynthia Pringle, Huntsville, Ala., Wanda Womack, Jacksonville, Fla., Stephanie Christian, Huntsville,  Ala.; Darleen (Archie) Brown, Prattville, Ala., and Tewonda Farrar, Durham, N.C.; great aunts, Mary Maye and Fanny Kemp, Georgiana, Ala.; uncles, Willie Clyde and Gerald Smith, both of Georgiana, Ala., Johnnie (Darla) Smith, Ocoee, Fla., Eric (Vernessa) Edwards, Huntsville, Ala., and Isaiah (Chauncey), Jacksonville, Fla.; great-uncle, Joe Maye, Aberdeen, Md.; special cousins,  Khari Palmer, Cameron Smith, Richard and Ryan Volkema, Terry Pettway and Melvin Hall; and a host of devoted, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.