Ed M. Smith, Jr., 89, of Lilburn passed on June 4, 2018. A memorial service will be held on June 23 at 4 pm with a gathering from 2 - 4 at Wages and Sons, Lawrenceville Chapel. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his son Ed III, his parents Ed Sr. and Mrs. “Bill,” his wife Lora, and his sisters, Jean Holman and Mary Ella Ackerly. A 1948 graduate of Bass High, Ed joined his father’s construction company. He later became a highly regarded explosive specialist and consultant. He is survived by his daughter Nancy Meek (Eric), his granddaughter Brenna Meek, his brother William B. Smith (Anne) and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please send rocks. If you wish to contribute to Ed’s educational dreams for his granddaughter, checks can be made to Brenna Meek, PO Box 26, Lilburn, GA 30048.

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  1. Nancy, I am heartbroken for you with the passing of your dad. I know he was always there for you. He was an awesome dad. You and your family are in my prayers as you go through this difficult time. Here if you need me… Cece

  2. Ed, I’v been thinking of you for months. It seems like every time I did it was late at night, way too late to call and say hello, howrya doin? Or during the day, out somewhere I’d see a job site and think about you and think ‘I should call Ed when I get home.’ Except I never remembered when I got home because there were groceries to put away or a cat or dog to feed, something that at that moment seemed more necessary. I even wrote myself a note late one night, on a To Do list, “Call Ed Smith”. It kept getting transferred from an old list to a new one. I think it’s still on a list here somewhere, if I could only find it! Something always got in the way, and now I’m too late. I know you’ll fare well in your new Life my friend, and I will be glad to see you again; I know we’ll share some old memories in a few short years. P.S. I know how important Safety was to you, so the candle I chose below looked like the safest one, a glass holder to contain the melted wax and flame, and least likely to tip over and start a fire if the table got bumped!

  3. Bill:
    Sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I remember you talking about Ed many times. I know he was always there for you.

    Bob Alford

  4. Nancy and Family,

    So very sorry for your loss and thankful you have so many great memories. Remembering everyone in prayer.

  5. Ed Smith… My dad and Ed Smith were best friends back in the late 50s… My dad was a deaf man that worked with O.D. Carlton… Back then it was Carlton Contracting and Ed Smith and sons explosive specialist. Then Mr. Carlton took dad and Hoot Gibson came to South Georgia and opened Carlton Caterpillar… My big sister, Lora McLeroy, was named after his wife… When I was a little boy he made me a 1 dollar bill bowtie… I can still make one to this day…

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