Randolph Franklin "Frank" Smith – born January 11, 1924 in Opp, AL, and longtime resident of Mobile passed away at a local hospital on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, surrounded by loving family and friends. He graduated from Straughn High School in Andalusia. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II earning many decorations, including a Purple Heart. In 2009, Mr. Smith was honored as a member of the Honor Flight. After being discharged from service in 1945, he moved to Mobile where he became employed with Hollingsworth Whitney, later Scott Paper Company, retiring in 1989. Mr. Smith was a member of Woodridge Baptist Church for many years. A longtime Mason, he was a member of the Grand Lodge of Alabama of Free and Accepted Masons, a 50 year member of Toulmin Lodge No. 875, as well as the Scottish Rite. Mr. Smith enjoyed working in his yard and watching things grow. He loved the spring and liked to stay busy with home projects. He will always be remembered as a man who was kind and gentle to everyone and for his charming personality. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, Verity Parker Smith and Ethel Carrol Smith; two sisters, Emma S. Wicker and Era S. Jackson; and a brother, Carmon Carrol Smith. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Janice K. "Jan" Smith; his loving daughter, Patricia S. Patterson; son, Matthew A Smith. Two devoted step-children, Steven L. Windham (Cheryl) and Tracy W. Frennea; two grandchildren, Jasmine L. Nelson and Justin E. Lewis; three step-grandchildren, Kirby Dean Frennea, Cody Lee Frennea, and Zachary Lawrence Windham; four great-grandchildren, L.J., Jazlyn, Joziah, and Jushun Lewis; other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Thursday, June 20, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held from Woodridge Baptist Church on Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Mobile Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Toulmin Lodge No. 875 F&AM, 4354 Moffett Rd., Mobile, AL 36618. Condolences may be offered at www.mmgfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Mobile Memorial Garden Funeral Home, 6040 Three Notch Road, Mobile, Alabama 36619.