Sammie L. Smith, was born September 19, 1940 in Louisville, MS (Winston County) to his parents, Sam and Beulah Smith. He was the oldest of eight siblings. Sammie was baptized at an early age, uniting with the Oak Grove Baptist Church (Louisville MS) under Pastor Rev. Westerfield. Sammie also served as usher, soloist and various other positions. Sammie attended Rocky Hill School (Louisville, MS) Noxapater High School (Noxapater MS) and Louisville High School where he graduated in 1962. Shortly after arriving in Omaha, Sammie united with the Pilgrim Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher, deacon, a member of the men's chorus, inspiration choir, senior choir, finance committee and more. Throughout his 50 + years of work history, Sammie was employed at Creighton University Student Center cafeteria, where he did a variety of jobs. Sammie was also employed at Bemis Bag Company for several years. In 1972 Sammie joined the management team For Bronco's drive in and restaurant where he served faithfully for 40 + years until his health begin to fail him. In 1966, Sammie was united in marriage to Lottie Clay Smith. His passing was 1 month shy of their 56th wedding anniversary.
Sammie was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Beulah Smith; sister, Martha Smith; brothers, Willie Mac Smith and Herbert Smith; niece, Carolyn Morris; and nephews, Jonathan Smith and Randall Smith. Sammie is survived by his wife, Lottie Smith (Omaha, NE); sisters, Mary Joyce Hall (Omaha, NE) and Charlene (James) Frasier (Louisville MS); Brothers. Walter (Gloria) Smith (Starkville, MS) and Bobby D. Smith (Louisville MS); sister in-law, Shirley Smith (Louisville MS); god-son, Walter Lowe (Fort Worth, TX); goddaughter, Detra Wyatt (Kansas City, KS); grand-children, Joshua Lowe (Fort Worth TX); Journee Wyatt, Javan Webb, and Josiah Web (Kansas City KS). A host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews and great-great nieces, great-great nephews, cousins and friends.