Jessie Smart

Obituary of Jessie Willie Smart

Smart Sr, Jessie W., of Flint, Michigan, passed away on January 28, 2022, at 76 years of age. He was born on April 6, 1947, to the late parents of Roosevelt Smart and Mahaley Wilford in Wisner, Louisiana. After discharging from the Army, he settled in Flint, Michigan. Many of his years were spent in Flint, with his family. Jessie worked for over 30 years in General Motors with Fisher Body and Buick City as a supervisor and superintendent within the body shop. Active at Bethel United Methodist Church and as a Board Member for Beecher Community Schools, he enjoyed spending time in the community. Even in retirement, he enjoyed sharing the colorful stories and exploits within General Motors that gave him laughter. Most people will remember the handsome arrogance he used to navigate the community. After retirement, he enjoyed golfing, spending time with friends, and barbeques with his family. He is survived by his spouse, Leodora E. Smart; his children, Jessie W. Smart, Jr., Rajah E. Smart, and Jacquese R. Smart; his grandchildren, Rajah U. Smart, Jessie W. Smart, III (Trey), Journee Smart, Kennedy Smart, Nasir Biggs, Aysia Golden, and Jessyri Smart; and his great-grandchildren, Londyn Smart, Cadence Smart, and Karter Smart. Given the state of the Covid pandemic, the family shall celebrate and honor him with burial at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in a private ceremony as he wished. His wish was to receive a burial plot with his fellow soldiers. A video will capture the event to share with family during a planned virtual ceremony as he is honored and laid to rest for his service in the Army. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks for consideration in donating to the American Red Cross to support service members, veterans, and military families. Arrangements were made with the Cremation Society of Mid-Michigan (989) 892-1772. To sign online guestbook, visit
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