Pete was born on August 9, 1941 in Kenansville, NC to the Late Pete and Sallie Mary Smith. At the young age of 19, he met and married his first love, Elizabeth Sanders (Smith) of Roxbury, MA. To this love, they were blessed with 4 children: Lovell Smith of Brockton, MA, Denice Parker of San Diego, CA (Neit) (Decease) Ursula Jefferies (Patsy) of Charlotte, NC and Dalles Smith of Roslindale, MA. He later then met, Gladys Henry, and to this relationship was born a son, Anthony Henry (Boobie) of Charlotte NC. (Decease) Then, Pete relocated and adored one of the world's most famous beaches, Daytona Beach, FL! Here, he would settle for the next 40 years. In those years he fathered 2 daughters Giovanni Smith and Courtney Kwaku both of Daytona Beach FL.
While Helping on the farm with his father as a sharecropper, his education was limited, but you would never know due to his multiple talents. He started out at the Hood Ice Cream and Dairy in Charlestown, MA. He left the ice cream business and found his passion in the Auto Body and Paint/Mechanic Industry. He worked for Herbert Auto body and Paint shop in Dorchester, MA. Along with lots of family and friends for years to come, he enjoyed pitching horseshoes after work until the wee hours of the night. It was then "He was living his Best Life" The shop eventually relocated to Florida, and shortly thereafter closed. With his gifted hands and the love of machinery, Pete continued to fix cars, vacuums, clocks, lawnmowers, washing machines and dryers just to name a few. His backyard was the Junk yard of Sanford and Son. He was a Jack of All Trades Master of it All. A real fixer upper, if it was broken, he would fix it, he would even fix his broken dentures. When the shop closed, he became a Highway Engineer for the State of FL. He later retired at The Martin Paving Company of Daytona Beach. He would say "if you want to find me just follow the white lines" Pete continued to follow his love for fixing things.
Pete was a sweet compassionate person, honest with strong moral principles, a man of full body and mind and integrity. He was quiet, spoke when he was spoken to. He was funny and can make you laugh until you cry, he was also very serious and didn't like a lot of play and foolishness but if you needed him, he was there. Loved to groom himself and took long baths until his skin wrinkled. Back in the day, he played the lottery always looking for a number to play. And would win! Pitching horseshoes was his sport of choice with his baseball hat on at all times. Tampa Bay Rays was his baseball team and also enjoyed The Young and the Restless until recently as of last week. He Loved to eat, it was said "if Pete wasn't eating, he was getting ready to eat". His delicacy was rabbit, frog legs and squirrel, making it all a soup. He had a green thumb and would grow vegetables, a rose garden, plants and flowers better than any florist. Although he didn't have a church home, he loved the Lord, had faith, beliefs and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
Pete Jr. was the oldest of 10 children, he loved and was loved by all his siblings. He leaves behind his 2 sisters, Linda Fisher of NC., Geraldine Wooten of Mattapan, MA., 3 brothers Gary Smith of Dorchester, MA. Louis Smith, Terry Smith both of Stoughton, MA. and 1 sister in law Wanda Bailey Smith. He is predeceased by 2 sisters: Willie Mae Broadus and Arletha Smith, 2 brothers: Lenzal Smith and Danny Ray Smith.
He also leaves behind 16 grandchildren, 1 deceased grandchild, 2 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, great nieces, nephews and great nephews.
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