Gerald “Jerry” Leon Smith passed on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 85 years old at Suncoast Hospice South Pinellas. He was born in Chickamauga, GA on May 9, 1937, to Herman and Lillie Smith. Gerald was an alumnus of Northeast High School in St. Petersburg, FL. After high school, he joined the US Air Force where he served for 20 years. Gerald was a member of the Amvets 7467 and the American Legion 125. A country music lover, Gerald was a local country music entertainer who throughout his career appeared with the likes of Mel Tillis, George Jones, Kitty Wells, and Webb Pierce. Gerald was a beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his children: Pamela Smith, Sherry Smith, Dean Jacobson (Lori), Timothy Smith (Deanna), Neil Smith (Paula), and Jennifer Wolfe (Richard); 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Lillie Smith; 7 siblings; his beloved wife of 48 years, Helene Smith; and his second wife of 12 years, MaryJo Smith.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Suncoast Hospice via mail: Suncoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760, or online at https://suncoasthospicefoundation.org/donations2/ .
A viewing will be held on Friday, October 28, 2022, at 11:30 am with a service to follow at 12:30 pm at Sorensen Funeral Home 3180 30th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713. Internment after the service is to be held at Memorial Park 5750 49th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33709. A reception will be held back at Sorensen’s Funeral Home after the internment.
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