Sidney Smith, affectionately known as Jake, was a man who dedicated his life to the service of others. A private family Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
On September 15, 1928, he was born in the humble town of Merigold, MS. From a young age, Sidney exhibited qualities of bravery and selflessness that would shape his future path.
After graduating from Merigold High School, Sidney embarked on a remarkable career that would leave a lasting impact on his community. He joined the Army and served his country with honor during both World War II and the Korean War. It was during this time that he discovered his passion for firefighting and decided to pursue it upon returning home.
Sidney's legacy as a firefighter is one that will be remembered for generations to come. He spent the majority of his career at the Greenville Airbase, where he not only bravely fought fires but also raised his beloved family. For thirty years, he dedicated himself to protecting the lives and property of others, putting himself in harm's way without hesitation.
Outside of his career, Sidney was a devoted family man. He cherished his role as a husband, father and later as a proud grandfather and great-grandfather. His children and grandchildren were the light of his life, and he never missed an opportunity to show them how much he cared.
Sidney's faith was an integral part of his life as well. He was an active member of the Second Baptist Church in Greenville, MS, where he found solace and community. His unwavering belief in God carried him through difficult times and served as an inspiration to those around him.
On September 8, 2023, Sidney Smith peacefully passed away in Indianola, MS. Although he may no longer be with us in body, his spirit lives on through the memories he created with loved ones throughout the years.
He is predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Bobbie Frasier; brother, George Smith; sisters, Mary Moore and Sarah Satterwhite.
Sidney is survived by his daughters, Robin Horton and husband David of Madison, MS (formerly of Scott, MS), and Cathy Zeigler and husband Al of Leland, MS. He also leaves behind a legacy of love in his grandchildren: Scott Horton and wife Breanna of Madison, MS (formerly of Scott, MS), Anna McCain and husband Matthew of Madison, MS (formerly of Scott, MS), Amy Ray and husband William of Leland, MS, and Will Zeigler and his wife Jamie of Germantown TN. Sidney was also blessed with great-grandchildren Wells, Louise, and Kate Horton, Grad McCain, Bo and Luke Ray, Leo, and Thomas Zeigler, Carter, and Collin Kidd.
Sidney Smith will forever be remembered for his unwavering dedication to his community, the love he shared with his family, and the mark he left on the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. As we bid farewell to this remarkable soul, we take comfort in knowing that his spirit will continue to guide us in our own acts of service and kindness.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice.