Mr. Smith peacefully passed away at a local hospital.
Viewing is Wednesday, November 20th from 5:00PM-8:00PM at the Mortuary. Funeral Service is Thursday, November 21st at 11:30AM at Christian Fellowship Congregational Church located at 1601 Kelton Road, San Diego, CA 92114.
Burial with Full Military Honors will immediately follow the service at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Please feel free to contact our office at any time for information.
LINDSEY SMITH, JR. was born on April 25, 1919 in Albany, Georgia. He was the third of five children born to the union of Lindsey Smith, Sr. and Lubertha Tarver Smith. Lindsey passed away at the age of ninety-four. He was the last surviving child of this union. He attributed his health and longevity to his committed faith and work ethics.
Lindsey accepted Christ in his life at an early age and attended school in Albany, Georgia. In Lindsey’s eagerness to serve his country, he enlisted into the United States Navy in 1936 at an early age.
Lindsey met the love of his life, Florence Marguerite Smith, and they were united in marriage on May 24, 1943 in Texarkana, Arkansas. Lindsey and his bride later moved to San Diego, California. Shortly afterward they united with the Calvary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. S. M. Lockridge, where he served faithfully for over fifty years. Lindsey and Florence were married for fifty-three years and were blessed with ten wonderful children whom they raised to be upstanding citizens in their communities.
Lindsey was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He diligently worked long hours to provide a good living for his children; taking on two jobs while his wife cared for his children at home. He constantly instilled economic and Christian values in his children with the purpose of having them become self-sufficient. After the death of his wife, whom Lindsey dutifully cared for until her passing in 1996, he continued the family traditions of cooking holiday and Sunday meals until his health began to decline at the age of ninety-two.
While serving in the United States Navy, Lindsey proudly defended his country. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 aboard the USS Phoenix when America was attacked. Miraculously, it was one of only two ships to escape out of Pearl Harbor. He went on to serve his country during the remainder of WWII and throughout the Korean War. Lindsey matriculated through the Navy attaining the Rank of Chief Petty Officer and acquired the following medals, commendations and honors: Korean Service Medals, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, awarded four Good Conduct Medals, World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, American Theatre Campaign and African Theatre Campaign. Lindsey captivated family and friends with an assortment of stories centered on his experience in World War II and specifically Pearl Harbor. His favorite line was from President Roosevelt’s speech, “A DAY THAT WILL LIVE ON IN INFAMY”. Some stories were funny, some were intriguing and all were educational. He delighted in sharing his stories to all whom would listen. After twenty years of faithful service, Lindsey retired from the United States Navy on February 4, 1956. He subsequently worked with the United States Marine Corp Recruit Depot (MCRD), outfitting newly enlisted Marines with their uniforms. He enjoyed this experience where he would meet young recruits, often giving them advice and encouraging them to further their military careers. After a thirty year Civil Service career, Lindsey once again retired.
In 2005, Lindsey united with the Christian Fellowship Congregational Church (CFCC), currently under the leadership of Rev. Hill. He was an active member of Sunday School, Bible Study and Church until his illness prevented him from attending. He took pride in studying his Bible daily. He received a certificate of achievement from a Bible Study Course at the El Cajon Blvd Church of Christ in 1995. He was able to recite many Bible verses from memory. Unable to attend Church, the Church family fellowshipped at his home monthly to give Communion and Spiritual encouragement. The family is grateful for the fellowship extended by Rev. J. Lee Hill, Jr. and the CFCC Family during his convalescence at home. This greatly lifted Lindsey’s spirit.
Lindsey’s hobbies included fishing, cooking family meals, preparing his secret BBQ sauce and cooking ribs on his brick barbeque pit in the back yard. He also enjoyed gardening and sold his prize-winning, famous collard greens to others in the neighborhood.
Lindsey was one of the original members and founders of the Loyal Buddies Veterans Organization, a Community Service Club, until it closed.
Highlights of Lindsey’s “Ninety-Four” years of living were hearing Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his “I Have A Dream” speech; seeing man walk on the moon; and witnessing the first African American President sworn into office as the President of the United States, something he thought he would never see in his lifetime. He cried, he smiled and was proud to be able to witness such a meaningful event in his lifetime.
On November 7, 2013, Lindsey’s earthly journey was completed and he passed away peacefully surrounded by his children to be with his Master. Preceding him in death was his wife Florence, his children Lindsey III, Ralph Eugene, Frank Reginald and Sharon Yvette; his grandchildren, Angela Denise, Keascha Kanada, and Clifton Louis. Jr.
He leaves to mourn his passing his four adoring daughters, Gwendolyn Gibson of San Jose, CA,; Janice (John) Sanders of Los Angeles, CA, Jeannette (Warren) Nolan of San Diego, CA and Brenda Smith of Perris, CA; two devoted sons, Clifton L. Smith (Ret.) Lt. Colonel U.S.A.F. (Joan) of Laurel, MD and Kevin Smith of San Diego, CA; nine grandchildren, Dana, Jovial “Joy”, Jasmine, Warren Jr., Lindsey, Justin, Kimshara, Kevin G. and Kevin II; four great-grandchildren, Courtney, Reginald, Lyric and Osmin.
Today we will lay “Our Father,” Lindsey, to rest but his spirit will live on in the lives and hearts of his family as well as those who were blessed with knowing him. We are saddened by his departure but rejoice in his Homegoing.