Obituary – Eddie M. Smith

Services for Dr. Eddie M. Smith will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Clarke Venable Baptist Church with burial in the Decatur City Cemetery. Rev. Mark Vincent will officiate.

Dr. Smith, 71, of Decatur, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at his home in Decatur, following a lengthy illness.

Eddie M. Smith (April14,2014)


Dr. Smith was president of East Central Community college where he led the institution from 1985 to 2000 and served his alma mater as its sixth president.

During Dr. Smith’s tenure, the college experienced unprecedented growth in numerous areas, especially in enrollment, program offerings, campus facilities and workforce education. An increased emphasis was placed on recruiting students of all ages. As a result of a closely followed recruitment and retention plan, enrollment increased each of his 15 years at the helm.

Upon his retirement in 2000, the college’s Board of Trustees named the newly constructed Student Union in his honor, in recognition of his dedication to serving students of all ages.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years: Charlotte Smith of Decatur; 2 Daughters: Kelli Smith of Magee, MS and Wendy Smith of Union, MS; and 1 Sister: Claire Woodward of Louisville.

Dr. Smith was preceded in death by two brothers, Wayne Smith and Vernon Smith. Pallbearers: Wayne Comans, Ovid Vickers, Elwin Flowers, L.B. Bullock, Henry B. “Bubba” Hudspeth, Ben Harper, Mickey Vance, James Yelverton, Doug Woodward, Scott Woodward and Jimmy Smith. Memorials may be made to Clarke Venable Baptist Church Building Fund P.O. Box 308 Decatur, MS 39327. Visitation will be held 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Clarke Venable Baptist Church. Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of arrangements.