Wilbert "Will" Smith, a beloved member of the community and renowned auto mechanic, has sadly departed from this world on October 7, 2023. Born on January 13, 1951, in Jacksonville, Florida, Will's inspiring journey of life has left an indelible mark on all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Will's passion for automobiles was evident from an early age. He attended the public schools of Jacksonville, Florida, where he acquired the foundation upon which he built his successful career in the automotive industry. As an auto mechanic, Will's skills were unmatched, earning him respect and admiration from his peers and customers alike.
Beyond his technical expertise, Will's magnetic personality shone through in everything he did. An outgoing individual with an infectious laughter, he effortlessly spread joy to those around him. Known for his quick wit and clever banter, Will was particularly famous for his ability to engage in playful trash talk that never failed to lift spirits and create lasting memories.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Will cultivated a range of hobbies and interests that defined him as a multifaceted individual. His unwavering love for auto mechanics extended beyond the confines of his work and seeped into every aspect of his life. Moreover, one could often find him engrossed in Westerns like "Gun Smoke," captivated by their gripping narratives and timeless lessons.
Will's warm-hearted nature extended to his relationships with family and friends. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Regina Peacock Smith and their children Tondalia Baldwin Ohio, Tokecia Smith Michigan, Candace Craft Michigan, Clara Smith Missouri, Wilbert Smith Michigan. Beyond immediate family members, Will leaves behind cherished memories with numerous other individuals who held a special place in his heart.
Among those dear to him are brother Leon (Linda) Smith from Reynolds, Georgia and brother Ryal Smith from Kentucky. His sister Margaret Clark from Virginia Beach, Virginia, also shared a unique bond with Will. In addition to his siblings, Will's extended family included his brothers and sisters-in-law: Darlena Queener from Chicago, Illinois and Sonia Peacock, Ladin Peacock, Scalesse Peacock, Anthony Peacock, Joseph Peacock, Gleen Peacock, Melvin Peacock, and Rocky Peacock all of Detroit, Michigan.
Furthermore, Will's legacy is carried on by his thirteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Each one has been touched by his wisdom and kindness in their own unique way. Through the values he instilled in them and the memories they shared together, his spirit will continue to inspire future generations.
As we bid farewell to Wilbert "Will" Smith, we remember him not with sorrow but with gratitude for the remarkable life he led. His contributions as an auto mechanic and the joy he brought into the lives of others will forever be cherished. May his laughter resonate in our hearts as we honor the memory of a truly remarkable individual who made a lasting impact on this world.
Rest in peace, dear Will.