Vernon D. Smith

 October 17, 1934 – January 6, 2019

Vernon D. Smith, 84, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019.

The memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Grubbs officiating. Interment will be at Oak City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Online visitors may sign the guest register at

Memorial donations may be made to Bainbridge FFA, 1 Bearcat Boulevard, Bainbridge, GA 39819 or the charity of your choice.

Vernon Dewitt Smith was born October 17, 1934 in Morgan County, AL, the son of Obert A. and Annie Ruby Rice Smith. He married Carolyn A. Swilley and moved to Bainbridge in 1965. Vernon owned and operated Smith Insulation & Pest Control until his retirement. He then went to work at Sammy’s Bait and Tackle to support his fishing habit. Vernon was Baptist by faith.

Mr. Vernon enjoyed anything outdoors but especially fishing with Leslie Ann. His motto for hunting and fishing included cooking what you killed or caught. He had a dry sense of humor but was always willing to share a story or a chuckle. In his heyday Mr. Vernon was active in the Jaycees, Home Builders Association, Bainbridge Bass Club and the Sheriff’s Rescue Unit.

Survivors include his daughter, Debbie Smith of Bainbridge; his siblings, Evelyn Smith Cox and her husband, Paul, of Oglethorpe, GA, Dale Garrett and her husband, Allen, of Warner Robins, GA, and Donald Hugh Smith of Lagrange, GA; and his grandchildren, Jared Smith, Leslie Ann Newberry and Elizabeth Newberry Scott. In addition to his parents, Vernon was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Carolyn A. Smith; his son, Dan Smith; an infant brother; and his step-father, Horace Bartlett.

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