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Arlester Smith

January 4, 1960 ~ October 28, 2023 (age 63) 63 Years Old
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Arlester Smith Life and Times

Arlester Smith, known affectionately by many as Paul, was born on January 4, 1960, in Henry County. A man of deep faith and strong community spirit, he touched the hearts of many throughout his life with his selfless service and radiant smile. He passed away peacefully on October 28, 2023, in Dothan, Alabama, leaving behind a legacy of love and compassion.

Arlester was a cherished son to the late Willie H. Smith and Arie Smith. He was predeceased by his sister, Essie Mae (Smith) Bryant, sister-in-law, Rosa Lee Forrester, uncle Walter Turner, aunt Nina Ensley, and niece Kiesha Smith. Arlester's life was enriched by a large and loving family, including his four brothers, Willie (Boot) H. Smith Jr., Jimmie Lee Smith, Darron Smith, and Jerome Smith, and his sister, Debra Ann Smith. He also leaves behind an uncle, J.W. Turner. Arlester's nephews, Corenzo Smith and Lorenzo Smith, and niece, Charlotte Smith, were particularly close to him. He will be greatly missed by all his relatives and friends, who will cherish his memory.

Arlester attended Vivian B. Adams Vocational School for many years, where he was well-loved by both staff and students. He developed a strong bond with Clarrissa Bighems, who was his bus driver and later became one of his closest friends. His dedication to learning was a testament to his belief in the value of education and personal development.

Throughout his life, Arlester was known for his service to the community and his unwavering commitment to helping others. His acts of kindness, both big and small, made a significant impact on those around him. He was a beacon of light in the community, always willing to lend a hand and doing so with a smile that could brighten even the darkest days. His positive spirit and generosity will be remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Arlester's deep faith was central to his life. He served the Kingdom of God with humility and grace, and his spiritual journey was an inspiration to many. His departure from this earthly realm is seen not as an end, but as the beginning of his journey to his Heavenly Home.

In the words of the noted author Dr. Seuss, "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." This quote encapsulates Arlester's approach to life. He lived each day with joy and gratitude, and his memory will continue to inspire those who knew him to do the same.

Arlester Smith, known as Paul to those closest to him, lived a life full of love, service, and faith. His memory will live on in the hearts of his family, friends, and all the lives he touched throughout his journey. His legacy is a reminder to us all of the power of kindness, the importance of community, and the strength found in faith. His passing leaves a void, but his spirit.

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