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Mr. Wallace Wendell Smith

May 16, 1938 ~ August 30, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old



In heartfelt remembrance of Wallace Wendell Smith, a man whose sincerity and genuine spirit touched the lives of many. Born on May 16, 1938, in Mullins, S.C.,

Wallace was the first child of Beffie Mae and Wallace Smith. On August 30, 2023, he peacefully entered into eternal rest. Wallace, affectionately known as "Smitty" among his friends, embarked on a remarkable journey through life. His family relocated to Gaston, S.C., during his early years, and he became a cherished member of St. John Baptist Church. Later, when he moved to Columbia, he found a spiritual home in Temple Zion Baptist Church, where he faithfully served on the board of trustees and in various roles.

Upon his move to Orangeburg, S.C., Wallace retained his connection to Temple Zion Baptist Church while becoming an integral part of Mount Calvary Baptist Church. He remained devoted to both congregations until his health began to decline. What set Wallace apart was his unwavering commitment, which was evident from a young age. At just sixteen years old, he felt a deep calling to serve his country. Determined not to spend his life picking cotton, he boldly lied about his age and enlisted in the Army. His courage and dedication were the foundation of a life filled with service. Wallace's dedication extended beyond his military service. After retiring from the armed forces, he pursued education at Midland Technical College in Columbia, S.C., and proudly earned an Associate of Arts degree in Business Management/Real Estate.

Wallace's love and kindness knew no bounds. He had a deep affection for his family, a passion for travel, and an unwavering commitment to helping others. An enthusiastic cruiser, he explored the world with an open heart. For two decades, he volunteered with the State Department of Juvenile Justice and in prisons, offering mentorship to those in need. He also dedicated twenty years of his life to a domestic group in Columbia, teaching men the importance of respecting and not abusing women.

In matters of the heart, Wallace found love twice. He met and married Shirley Ann Brooks during his military service, and together they were blessed with two daughters. Later, in a second chapter of love, he married Councilwoman Janie Cooper-Smith of Orangeburg, S.C., who brought four children from a previous marriage into his life. In addition to his parents, Wallace was predeceased by his sisters Mae Ola Connelly, Ethel Janie Smith, Lucinda Smith, and stepson Michael Jerome Cooper. He leaves behind a legacy of cherished memories, survived by his devoted wife, Councilwoman Janie Cooper-Smith; daughters Cecilia Smith and Antoinette James; stepdaughters Denine (John) Hammonds and Shauna Cooper; stepson Corey (Matilda) Cooper; sisters Ruby Ann Hayward, Lena Bell Avinger, Ruby Nell Hampton, and Faith Smith; brothers Ervin Smith, Nathan (Wanda) Smith, Douglas Smith, and Bildon Smith; brothers-in-law Reverend Doctor Kim C. (Quida) Anderson and Richard (Marilyn) Drayton; granddaughters Ladasia and Jada James; step-granddaughter Jada (Bambie) Aghukwa; step-grandsons Jared and Bryce Cooper; and adopted children Henry "Troy" and Theresa Shingler. Additionally, he leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and a dedicated caregiver, Regina Hillard.

Wallace Wendell Smith's life was a testament to his sincere and selfless spirit, from his early days enlisting in the Army at the age of sixteen to his lifelong commitment to family, community, and service. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.


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Public Viewing
September 5, 2023

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Myers Mortuary & Cremation Services At Alpine Road
2624 Alpine Road
Columbia, SC 29223

Funeral Service
September 6, 2023

11:30 AM
Temple Zion Baptist Church
1174 Heyward Brockington Road
Columbia, SC 29203


Ft. Jackson National Cemetery
4170 Percival Road
Columbia, SC 29229


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