Funeral Arrangements Set For Leader In Lexington's African-American Community

Reported by: Tom Kenny
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Updated: 10/09/2013 10:09 pm
Lexington has lost a dear friend and leader in the city's African-American community.

William Henry Smith, Senior, passed away Monday at the age of 83.

Mr. Smith was born January 27, 1930.

He was a graduate of Lexington's old Dunbar High School and enrolled at Indiana University. 

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Smith got heavily involved in the YMCA in the 1950's where he helped integrate the YMCA program in Lexington.  He later became associate general director of the YMCA in Central Kentucky.

He also helped organize the YMCA Black Achievers in Lexington.

He was named to the city's housing authority's board of commissioners in the early 1970's.  He later became vice chair and eventually chairman of the board.  He served on the board a total of 29-years.

Mr. Smith was active in Shiloh Baptist Church in Lexington for 75-years.

He was the Sunday School Superintendent for more than 40-years and a trustee for more than 30-years.

He was also a founding member of the Community Kitchen and the Lexington Clergy Campaign for the Homeless.

He was a volunteer coordinator for the Job Corps and worked for Opportunity Workshop, among a host of other community groups, organizations and charities.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Virginia; three sons; four grandchildren; a sister and a brother.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12th at Shiloh Baptist Church.

There will be two visitations at Shiloh Baptist Church:  from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11th and from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12th.

Burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery.

Smith & Smith Funeral Home in Lexington is handling the arrangements.
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