October 14, 2001
ANDREW T. SMITH SR., FUNERAL HOME OWNER
Andrew T. Smith Sr., 93, owner of Smith Brothers Funeral Home in Hampton, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, at home. He was a native and lifelong resident of Hampton.
His grandfather, Warren T. Smith, started Smith Brothers Funeral Home in 1862. It originally was named W.T. Smith Funeral Home and was located on Hope Street. Once his sons joined the business, the name changed to W.T. Smith and Sons Funeral Home. The funeral home was moved to Queen Street in 1938 and finally to its present East Mercury Boulevard location in 1970. After Warren’s death in 1930, the name was changed to Smith Brothers Funeral Home. Andrew, along with his brother Robert, became the owners of the funeral home in 1956. Robert died in 1996. Andrew then became the sole owner of the funeral home until 2000, when his health began to fail and he went into partnership with his son, Andrew T. Smith Jr.
Andrew T. Smith Sr. was a graduate of Union High School, Hampton, and The Renouard Training School for Embalmers of New York City in 1939, and received his Embalmers and Funeral Directors License from the State of Virginia in 1941. He was also a Mason and a member of the Eastern Star Lodge #13 and Queen Street Baptist Church, Hampton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie P. Smith.
Mr. Smith is survived by one son, Andrew T. Smith Jr. and wife, Pearl, of Hampton; two grandsons, Andrew III and George Smith; two step-grandsons, Chuck and wife, April, and Fred Merritt, all of Hampton; one great-grandson, Andrew IV; three step great-grandchildren, Rashaad, Alexie and Jarika, all of Hampton; a very special friend of the family, Mildred Johnson, of Hampton, and nurse Mary Rogers, whom he was very fond of; and a host of friends.
“He will be really missed by his family,” said his daughter-in-law, Pearl Smith.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Smith Brothers Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Anderson W. Clary Jr. with burial in Hampton Memorial Gardens. Family and friends are asked to assemble by 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Viewing will be 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Brothers Funeral Home, 545 E. Mercury Blvd. Hampton.