Bill R "Hook" Smith

September 30, 1936 ~ July 13, 2021 (age 84)


Mr. Bill "Hook" Smith, of 5452 Rupert Lane, Charlotte, and formerly of York, SC, departed this life quietly and peacefully on Tuesday evening, July 13, 2021 at Atrium Main in Charlotte, NC.  He was born in York, SC on September 30, 1936, the son of the late Henry Smith, and reared by his loving late Aunt, Bee Smith.

He attended school in the York School District. Bill was employed by York General Hospital as a stock clerk in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He also worked at Inmont/BASF/Sun Chemical, where he retired after 34 years at age 62. After retirement, he owned and operated Smith Lawncare Incorporated until his death.

He joined Langrum Branch Baptist Church early in life and later joined White Hill AME Zion, where he remained a faithful and supportive member until his death. He was a member of the Steward Board, Usher Board, Choir and Finance Committees. Bill was also a member of the Myersville Masonic Lodge #687 in North Carolina.

Bill married the joy of his life, Maudestine Tidwell on December 17, 1988. To this marriage there were no children, but he was a devoted husband and father, who worked and loved his children.

During his life, he enjoyed fishing, traveling, attending church, shopping for stylish fashions, and talking to people--he never met a stranger! He especially was devoted to his lawn care business. In the past year, he frequently met with his breakfast frat club buddies at his favorite restaurant, Parkway, seven days a week.

His memory lives on with his loving wife of 33 years, Maudestine Smith; two daughters, Susan Smith and Gaylon Cherry (Ernest); three sons, Billy Smith (Lucille), Timothy Smith, and Darby McDowell; one stepson, Gary Tidwell; the Gordon Family whom he cherished; his special nieces: Yvonne Steele, Beverly Curry, Arnishia "Nisa" Franklin, Bessie Lee Smith, Shirley Thacker, and Lisa Jones; 24 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his sisters-in-law, Hattie Mills, Yvonne Curry, Doretha Littlejohn, and Patricia Curry; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, clients and friends.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Sunday, July 18, 2021 at White Hill AME Zion Church in York, SC, with Rev. Kinston Jones officiating. Entombment will follow at 3:30 pm, Monday, July 19, 2021 at Forest Lawn West Cemetery in Charlotte, NC.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 pm prior to the funeral, and other times at his home in York.

Last respects may additionally be paid to Mr. Smith from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the funeral home.

***Please be aware that COVID protocols will be followed at the funeral service--masks and social distancing are required.  A repast will NOT be held due to these restrictions. ***

The family appreciates any and all flower gifts, but it is their wish that any floral arrangements be donated to White Hill AME Zion Church.

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July 17, 2021

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wright Funeral Home
301 E Liberty St
York, SC 29745

July 18, 2021

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
White Hill AME Zion Church

York, SC 29745

Funeral Service
July 18, 2021

2:00 PM
White Hill AME Zion Church

York, SC 29745

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