Gerald Allison Smith, age 82 of Newberry, Fl went to be with the Lord on Friday January 22nd, 2021. Gerald was born December 21, 1938 in Newberry, Fl to Wilson “LW” Smith and Dorotha Sapp Smith.
Gerald graduated from Newberry High School and received his AA degree from Santa Fe Community College. He worked for the Gainesville Fire Department where he served as District Chief and retired after 23 years, where he was named Fireman of the Year in 1969. He was a Christian man who loved his family unconditionally. He enjoyed red belly fishing, watching his great grandkids play sports, and watching his Gators play some ball.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life of 60 years Janet Holder Smith, his parents and sister Geneva Arlene Smith. He is survived by his brother, Melvin (Tish) Smith, sister Karon (Ralph) Grabel both of Gainesville. Children: Lisa (Charlie) Burgin of Newberry, Angie (Herbie)Rain of Trenton, and Gennifer Harvey of Orlando. Eight grandchildren: Kerrie (Barry) Buchanan, Nicole (Jesse) Hoover, Eric (Andria) Rain, Courtney Harvey, Rachel Burgin Ryan Burgin, Meghan Burgin, and Tristan (Brooke) Harvey. Nine great grandchildren: Shaylyn Parrish, Kenzie Certain Eric Quade Rain Jr, Lawson Certain, Braxton Rain, Raylyn Buchanan, Alisun Rain, Case Hoover, and Broox Buchanan.
The Family will receive friends and family on Wednesday January 27, 2021 from 6-7 pm at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry. Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday January 28, 2021 at Union Baptist Church Cemetery, Trenton, Fl. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral Home and Cremation Services 22405 W Newberry Rd. Newberry Fl, 32669 (352)472-5361 www.milamfh.com