From press reports
Ernest Smith was born on October 3, 1912, in Stinger, Mississippi.
According to his family and railroad officials, Ernest Smith has been a hardworking man since the day he was born, with just a 6th grade education he has worked as a sharecropper, electrician, and carpenter before being employed by Old GM&O railroad in Louisville, Mississippi.
Smith worked at the railroad from 1935 to 1975 and as Smith described it, he did every job they asked of him.
“Locomotive fueler was my title but I did it all,” said Smith.
According to his family he was a devioted family man as well since he married the love of his life Josie Baker Smith; he cherished her 50 plus years before she went to heaven August 15, 2012. She honors him with a son Lavagus Smith, who gave 3 grandchildren, and 1 great- grandson.
Ernest loves baseball, hunting, fishing, and gardening and his favorite color is red. “Ernest Smith is a man who is truly loved by everyone,” said his family.
Michael Core for the U.S. Railroad and Retirement Board recently recognized Smith for his work on the railroad. Core presented Ernest Smith with a recognition of his service to the railroad with Lavagus Smith in attendance.