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Funeral services set for former Covington County sheriff Stann Smith

Former Covington County Sheriff Stann Smith passed away Saturday at Baptist Medical Center in...
Former Covington County Sheriff Stann Smith passed away Saturday at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.(WDAM)
Updated: May. 15, 2021 at 7:10 PM CDT
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COLLINS, Miss. (WDAM) - Funeral services for Stann Q. Smith of Collins.will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Billy M. King-Colonial Chapel Funeral Home in Collins.

Smith, 71, who passed away on Saturday at the Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, was a former Covington County sheriff.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Billy M. King-Colonial Chapel Funeral Home in Collins.

Rev. Timothy Beard and Rev. Sammy Napier will officiate at the services with interment to follow in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Collins with military rites at graveside.

Pallbearers will be Russell Beasley, Shad Harvey, Tony Puckett, Nick Verner, Joey Ponder, Eric Banks, and Layne McLaurin. Honorary pallbearers will be Ike Reynolds, Rayford Sanford, Charlie Sokovich, Jessie Jones, and Bobby Wayne Mooney.

Smith was born on Jan. 24, 1950 in Meridian, Miss., to H.E. and Wavel Norris Smith. He was a graduate of the Collins High School Class of 1969, and then served his country in the United States Navy.

He then graduated from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Academy and started a life-long career in law enforcement. Smith worked with the Collins Police Department and the Covington County Sheriff’s Department for 30-plus years. He served as the Covington County Sheriff for 16 years from 1996-2004 and from 2012-2019 before his retirement in December of 2019. Smith was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church.

Smith was a husband, father, grandfather and brother. Through his dedication and love of public service, he encouraged many deputies and dispatchers to pursue a career in law enforcement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, H.E. and Wavel Norris Smith; a sister, Gail Smith Anglin; and a brother, Ted Smith.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Patty Vinson Smith of Collins; two sons, Eric Smith, and his wife, Kerri, of Palmersville, Tenn.; and Brett Smith, and his wife, Rhonda, of Collins; one daughter, Tori Smith Martin, and her husband, Derek, of Sontag; 10 grandchildren, Kaden Smith, Briley Smith, Kinsley Smith, Breelyn Smith, Avery Dedeaux, Axl Dedeaux, Brett Gray Smith, Jr., Ty Barnes, Taislyn McPhail, and Haley Martin; one brother, Lynn Smith, and his wife, Kay, of Collins; a sister-in-law, Debbie Smith of Collins; a brother-in-law, James Earl Anglin of Collins; one half-brother, Glenn Smith; two half-sisters, Murlene Ware and Shelby Barnes; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members

Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at www.billymkingcolonialchapel.com

A former longtime Covington County sheriff has died.

Covington County coroner Chris Daquila says Stann Q. Smith passed away Saturday at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson after a brief illness.

Smith served as sheriff of Covington County for a total of 16 years and was in law enforcement for more than 30 years. He retired in December of 2019.

The Billy M. King Colonial Chapel Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements. Those arrangements are pending.

Smith was 71-years-old.

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