Larry Julian Smith, 75, husband of Barbara Fletcher Smith, resident of Ninety Six, passed away Wednesday, May 08, 2019 at Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont.
Larry was born and raised in Dillion County, South Carolina. In 1962 he graduated from Lakeview High School. He began Agriculture Education studies at Clemson University, married Barbara, and completed his undergraduate program in 1966. Larry Continued at Clemson earning his Master’s in Horticulture in 1968. After finishing Clemson, Larry and Barbara moved to Aiken, South Carolina where he taught Horticulture and Physical Science and coached JV football. In 1970, Larry moved his growing family back to Clemson where he worked on his post graduate studies in Agriculture Economics.
Upon leaving Clemson University, the Smiths stayed in the upstate of South Carolina where Larry farmed peaches and apples during the 70’s and 80’s. In 1975, alongside farming, Larry took a job with Woolfolk Chemical Co. in Inman, South Carolina. After raising their daughter and two sons, Larry and Barbara moved to Ninety Six, South Carolina though he continued his career in the Agriculture Chemical industry. Larry loyally stayed with the same company throughout his career as it changed from Woolfolk Chemical to Georgia Ag to UAP and finally Crop Production Services.
Larry has held many job titles throughout his career including salesman, consultant, location manager, overseeing operations as well as husband, father, grandfather and most importantly to this industry- loyal friend, mentor and colleague. In 2008 during the transition to Crop Production Services, Larry was instrumental in managing the restructuring of the Hendersonville, North Carolina location. Larry retired from the industry in 2013 though his love from peaches and the peach industry continued.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 55 years, Barbara, are two sons, Robert “Robbie” Fletcher and wife Tammy Smith of Ninety Six and Joseph Temple and wife Gretchen Smith of Spartanburg; one daughter, Shelly Smith of Ypsilanti, MI; two grandchildren, Hanna Cook Dunkman(Connor) and Holden Fletcher Smith (Chapin), both of Ninety Six; one great-grandchild, Miller Fletcher Smith of Ninety six; three brothers, Robert Temple Smith of Lakeview, SC, Danny Kay Smith of Irmo, SC and Herbert L. Smith of Fairmont, NC; two sisters, Ann Spivey of Lakeview, SC and Linda Sanderson of Lakeview, SC.
He was predeceased by one sister, Peggy Canady.
Funeral services will be conducted 1PM Saturday at Siloam Baptist Church with the Rev. Phillip Howle and Alan McMurray officiating.
The family is at the home and will receive friends at Blyth Funeral Home Friday from 6- 7:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Siloam Baptist Church C/O Van Fund, P.O. Box 373, Ninety Six, SC 29666.