December 9, 2020
VERNON – William “Polar Bear” Smith, 72, died Dec. 5, 2020, at his residence. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, at Otts Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Visitation is from 6-8p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. Otts Funeral Home of Sulligent is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Smith was born Sept. 14, 1948, in Lamar County, Alabama, to the late John Smith and Vinnie Lee Hester. He was previously employed as a diesel mechanic with Detroit Slacks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Smith; siblings, Jimmy Smith, J.D. Smith and Doris Holliday; and one grandchild. He is survived by his children, Johnny Smith, James Smith and Rosie Holbrook; siblings, Terry Smith, Gray Smith and Nellie Matthews; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.