Thomas M. Smith Sr.

JONES COUNTY:  Thomas M. Smith Sr., 86, of Monticello Highway, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at his residence.  The family greeted friends from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Bridges Funeral Home in Gray.  Graveside services followed at 1:30 p.m. at Wayside Presbyterian Church in Wayside.  The Rev. Beth Holloway officiated.

Mr. Smith was born May 28, 1929, in Eufala, Ala., and had lived in Jones County most of his life.  He was the son of the late Jerry Neil Smith and Vivian Gordon Smith.  Mr. Smith honorably served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and later worked as a driver for Standard Oil Company.  He was the owner of Tom Smith Petroleum in Gray and also worked for the Jones County Sheriff’s Office for many years.  He was preceded in death by his brother, J.N. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith is survived by his son, Thomas M. Smith Jr.; and grandchildren, Nicole Palmeter of Mustang, Okla., David Jeramiah Smith of Wayside, Thomas Joshua Smith of Juliette and Jasmine Lea Cauley of Jones County.

The family may be contacted at the residence at 1461 Monticello Highway in Jones County.

Bridges Funeral Home and Crematory in Gray had charge of arrangements.  Please visit the online memorial at


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