M. Wayne Smith

December 18, 1945 ~ November 15, 2018 (age 72)

M. Wayne Smith, 72 of Providence, passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville.  He was born the fourth child of seven to the late Albert Stanton Smith and Dorothy Edna Tyson Smith.  Mr. Smith was a graduate of the 1963 class of Union County High School and was a lifelong resident of Union County and the Providence community.  He was a lifelong farmer and served for 23 consecutive years as a dedicated county commissioner helping those in need for Union County, Florida from 1992-2015.  Mr. Smith was of the Baptist faith and a member of Old Providence Baptist Church.  He enjoyed deer hunting, fox hunting and spending time with his only grandchild, Carson Wayne Smith.  Mr. Smith was preceded in death by three siblings, Charles E. Smith, Christine Hale Petry and Albert Marvin Smith.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Glenda J. Smith, Providence; his daughter, Rhonda J. Smith, Providence; his grandson, Carson Wayne Smith; Providence; three brothers, Larry S. Smith (Margaret), Terry S. Smith, Sr. and David L. Smith (Gloria) all of Lake City; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3:00 PM in the Gateway-Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel with Pastor Gary Crawford and Pastor Melvin Owens officiating.  Interment will follow at Mikesville Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Columbia County, FL.  Visitation with the family will be Saturday evening from 5-7:00 PM at the funeral home. 

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