Mr. Justice David Smith, the youngest gift of three sons from the Creator, was born to Shirley Brown
Jefferson and Joseph G. Smith, IV on March 3, 1996. Isn’t it fitting that God called him to his heavenly
home on Resurrection Sunday, April 9, 2023. What a wonderful day to meet Jesus Christ, our Savior!
His name exemplifies his character. The word and name Justice refers to people living in the right relationship with God and other people. Justice loved God. He learned to love God at a very young age. While living in Tennessee, he and his friends went every Thursday before school to a Bible study breakfast at McDonald’s. It did not matter where he and his family were living, his relationship with the Master was most important. He understood the importance of expressing his love for his family. He enjoyed playing chess, was an avid reader, and was a prolific writer. His stories came to life, especially when he shared movie nights with his mother. Also, each Saturday morning was breakfast at IHOP and conversations about the world’s current events and how he could make an impact on it.
He attended the following schools while traveling the country as an Army Brat: Fannin Elementary School and Kirby Jr. High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Upon entering high school, he attended Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee for the ninth grade. After moving to Fort Worth, Texas, he attended Lakeworth High School in the tenth and eleventh grades where he excelled in sports and academics. In weightlifting, Justice was a member of the 1000-pound club. He was on the varsity football and track teams. Academically, Justice received a special invitation to the CSI Dallas Summer Camp. He received a special clearance to tour a Military Intelligence Fixed Wing C12 Aircraft. He actually garnered an opportunity to sit in the cockpit which was one of many highlights of his high school journey. Each city brought new experiences. His senior year was spent at Grafton High School in Yorktown, Virginia. While at Grafton, he continued to play varsity football, and before graduating high school, he had the prestige opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. where visited several sites such as the African-American History Museum where the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial stand, the United States Capitol, the Pentagon, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and many more.
After high school, Justice was hired on as an Aircraft Hanger Roof Repair Specialist with W.M. Smith Contractors in Virginia and worked on Fort Langley-Eustis, VA for a time before his mother’s military assignment moved them to Greenville, SC. While there he matriculated at Greenville Technical, Greenville, SC studying Criminal Justice. However, he had a longing for his Wichita Falls home and returned to live. Within a year, he would travel to the Houston area where he lived out his final years. Justice David was loved by all. His middle name David means “beloved”. We cannot think of his life as being cut short, for the Master numbers our days. We can only think of a life well-lived and say, “Thank you”.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, the late William Clyde Brown and the late Thomas Woods, and his stepmother, Angela Smith. However, he leaves to cherish fond memories: his parents, Shirley and Alex Jefferson of Simpsonville, S.C. and Joseph G. Smith, IV of Wichita Falls, TX; five brothers: Joseph G. Smith, V. of Wichita Falls, TX and SSG Jalen (LaShawndra) Smith of Fort Riley, Kansas, Coulter Dawson, Thomas “TJ” Smith and Cobe Smith of Wichita Falls, TX, and his sister, Caitlin Dawson of Acworth, GA; two grandparents: Gladys F. Brown and Bernice Woods, both of Wichita Falls, TX; a loving niece, Nelaj Mollice-Smith; a very special friend, Courtney Burnside of Simpsonville, SC, and a host of wonderful aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
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