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Mr. John Wesley Smiley, III

January 20, 1945 ~ February 20, 2020 (age 75)


John's Profile of Life

John Wesley Smiley, III was born on January 20, 1945 in Savannah, Georgia to John and Alvenus Smiley. John was educated in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System and graduated from Tompkins High School in 1965. Following high school, John entered The United States Air Force in July 1965. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and stationed in Germany, Turkey, California, North Carolina, and North Dakota.

On August 16, 1969, he was joined in holy matrimony to Evelyn Powell. To this union was born, John Wesley Smiley IV in 1971 and Candice Alanna Smiley in 1975. The family traveled together for many years until his retirement after 26 years of service. In 1991, they returned to Savannah, Georgia. John loved fishing, dancing, singing riding motorcycles, spending quality time with family. John was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James Small.

John entered into eternal rest on Thursday, February 20, 2020. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years: Evelyn P. Smiley; two children: John W. Smiley, IV and Candice A. Martin (Jodey); two granddaughters: Keyonna J. Smiley and Breyonna S. Smiley; sisters: Theresa Peters, Carol Ann Smiley, and Angela Blalock (David); brothers: Vincent Smiley, Richard Small (Veronica), and Phillip Small; Father-in-law: Elijah J. Powell, Sr; brother-in-laws: Elijah J. Powell, Jr (Debra) and Euland Powell; sister-in-laws: Mary A. Lanier (Terry) and Yolanda R. Lanier; a host of uncles, aunties, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Public viewing: Friday, February 28, 2020 - 10:00am-6:00pm at the chapel of Bynes-Royall

Funeral service: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 11:00am

Alpha & Omega Worship Center, 4906 Pineland Drive, Savannah, Georgia 31405

Bishop James P. Witherspoon, Pastor/Eulogist

In-state: 9:00am Saturday at the church

Interment: Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Hunter Army Airfield Base

Professional services entrusted to:

Bynes-Royall Funeral Home, 204 West Hall Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401, 912-233-2175


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Public Viewing
February 28, 2020

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Bynes-Royall Funeral Home
204 West Hall Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Funeral Service
February 29, 2020

11:00 AM
Alpha & Omega Worship Center
4906 Pineland Drive
Savannah, GA 31405

Interment following funeral service
February 29, 2020

Lincoln Memorial Cemetery
Hunter Army Airfield
Savannah, GA 31409

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