John M. Smith, 88, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
The funeral will be held at noon Friday, Sept. 15 at Little Iron Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 24320 Peacock Road, with Rev. Paul Stevenson officiating. Viewing will be held from noon-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at Peoples Funeral Home of Whiteville and Friday, Sept. 15 one hour prior to and following the service at the church. Burial will be in the Smith Family Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Janie Bryant; one daughter, Patricia Brown of Bronx, N.Y.; two sons, Alford Smith of Bronx, N.Y. and Gentry Smith of Queens, N.Y.; four stepdaughters, Deloris Williams of Moncks Corner, S.C., Deborah Bryant of Whitesboro, N.J., Brenda Logan of Orlando, Fla. and Minnie Silvera of Midville, N.J.; and eight stepsons, Johnnie Bryant Jr. of Hamilton, N.J., Donald Bryant and Wayne Bryant, both of Jersey City, N.J., Larry J. Bryant and Julius Bryant, both of Geneva, N.Y., Bobby Bryant of New Brunswick, N.J., Rondy Bryant of Virginia Beach, Va., and Douglas Bryant of Columbus, Ohio.