Smith Grocery Obituary, Death Cause – Their parents, Buster and Mrs. Ozell Smith, managed the family business known as Smith’s Grocery for a number of years over the course of its existence. As was common for most country stores in the South, the proprietors and the rest of their family lived either next door or in the back of the shop. This was the case for the majority of the country stores in the region.
The Smith family has made their home in the space that was previously the shop’s back room after renting it out. Pammie and I were two of the thousands of students that Reid coached during his time at What is now known as Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Mississippi. During that time, the institution was originally known as Itawamba Junior College.
Education was the primary focus of Reid’s career for the most of his professional life. It was a lovely opportunity for me to meet up with Reid and his family when he, his daughters, son, granddaughter, and grandson all walked by the store a few weeks ago. When you come into our small business the next time you go there, please make a point of saying “thank you” to Reid, who walked these ancient creaky wooden floors at “Smith’s Supermarket,” by “tipping your hat” to him and expressing your appreciation for his service.
Today afternoon, at approximately one o’clock in the afternoon, a section of the DIXIE Country Store referred to as Smith’s Grocery passed away. Mr. Reid Smith, who was 92 years old, went away calmly at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a patient there for a long time. Mary Ann Turner, Reid’s sister, and he both spent the most of their formative years working at the establishment that was formerly known as Smith’s Supermarket.