Ersie L. Smith, 84, of Purvis, died April 1, 2013, at his home. Services will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Moore Funeral Chapel in Purvis followed by burial in Slade Cemetery.
Mr. Smith was a graduate of Mississippi State College, retired from the Coca-Cola Bottling Company and the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was of the Baptist faith.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, Y.D. and Rada Smith and two brothers, Tonnie Jay Smith and Eugene Smith.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Edna Earle Smith of Purvis; three sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Denice Smith of Purvis, Jimmy and JoAnne Smith of Pearl River, LA, Kelly and Sharla Smith of Purvis; one sister, Sheila (Vernon) Soley of Carnes; six grandchildren, Derek (Lisa) Smith, April (Bobby) Green, Erin Smith, Christopher Smith, Tracey Smith and Tadyn Smith; six great-grandchildren, Colton, Olivia, Ethan, Scarlett, Ashton and Tyson; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.