Willie Smith of Riverhead died Oct. 26 at the age of 74.
He was born Aug. 4, 1937, in Beaufort, S.C., to Eddie Smith and Blossom Knowles.
According to a tribute, he enjoyed life to the best of his ability and spent most of his spare time making people laugh. Family members said his favorite song was Sam Cooke’s “Born by the River.”
Mr. Smith is survived by his daughter, Beverly Trent; two brothers, Luther and Elijah Smith; two grandchildren; and a host of friends and extended family.
A homegoing service was held Nov. 1 at Seay Memorial Chapel in Riverhead, the Rev. Nathaniel Haywood officiating. Interment followed at Riverhead Cemetery.