By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 22, 2018
MIDWAY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Funeral arrangements have been set for District 1 Midway City Councilman Charlie Smith.
Smith passed away Monday.
According to a release from the City of Midway, Smith will lie in state from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, February 23 at Midway City Hall in the Council Meeting Chamber. Community members may pay their respects to the councilman, who led District 1 and served the City of Midway for more than a decade.
Mayor Wanda Range, who announced arrangements on behalf of Smith’s family, said the funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 24 at The Excellence Church, 6 Martin Luther King Blvd., Midway.
Smith will be buried in the St. John Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Smith leaves behind a wife, Jeneice, and four children, Milo, DeMarcus, Keeva and Sarah.
Smith was elected to the Midway City Council in 2007. The City says flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on Monday, February 26.
By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 19, 2018
MIDWAY, Fla. (WCTV) -- On Monday, Midway Mayor Wanda Range issued a statement regarding the death of District 1 Midway City Councilman Charlie Smith.
In her statement, Mayor Range said:
“The City of Midway mourns the loss of a community leader and friend. We are heartbroken by the passing of Councilmember Charlie Smith. Charlie leaves behind a wife and four beautiful children.
“Charlie accomplished many things for our city as a business owner, public safety ex officio, and volunteer citizen on patrol. All who knew Charlie knew of his passion for our city and the well-being of its people. He will truly be missed. Our prayers are with his wife Jeneice and sons Milo, Demarcus and daughters Keeva and Sarah. May God comfort them through this incredibly difficult time.”
Smith, born and raised in Midway, attended school in Gadsden County, graduating from Havana Northside High School in 1967.
He served in the Army as a Communication Specialist, stationed in Germany and Vietnam and reached the rank of Sergeant 1st Class before being honorably discharged.
Smith then attended Miami Dade Junior College, Lively Vocational Technical School and Tallahassee Community College.
A technician by trade, Smith owned Smith's Electric, which he opened in 1985, and had over 35 years of experience in the field.
Smith was first elected to the city council in 2007 and was subsequently re-elected in 2011 and 2015. He was a founding member of the Midway Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of directors. He was a member of New St. John A.M.E. Church in Havana, Florida, where he serves on the Trustee Board and the Senior Usher Board.