Marcellus Hamilton Smith was born June 23, 1926 to the late John Henry Smith and Beulah Smith in Lewisburg, North Carolina.
Marcellus attended Washington High School in Raleigh, North Carolina and Hampton University, a historically black university in Hampton, Virginia.
Marcellus was a United States Air Force Veteran and proudly served his country during the Korean War.
Marcellus later moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where he met Ms. Marguerite Porter. Marguerite and Marcellus married and enjoyed over 30 years together until her death.
Marcellus relocated to Dayton, Ohio and worked for the U.S. Air Force Air Logistics Command at Wright Patterson AFB until his retirement.
Marcellus also enjoyed a very successful Real Estate career in Dayton. He was the proud owner of Marcellus Smith Realty, and a member of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Dayton Area Board of Realtors, Greater Dayton Realist Association, Ohio Association of Real Estate Brokers, and the National Society of Real Estate Appraisers, Inc.
Marcellus had many interests including a love for cars and traveling. His passion for travel took him to many destinations in the US and around the world, including Africa, Jerusalem, Spain, Italy and France. He was a community activist, business leader, a member of the Dayton Urban League, Former West Dayton Business League and the Dayton Chapter of NAACP.
Marcellus gave his life to Christ and was baptized at a young age at First Baptist Church of Raleigh, North Carolina. He joined Bethel Missionary Baptist Church on November 12, 1950 and served as Trustee under the direction of Rev. Dr. Charles Brown and Rev. Dr. Xavier L. Johnson until his passing, spanning more than 60 years. As Trustee, he dealt with the Real Estate properties bequeathed to the church. He was part of the June Calendar Unit and a member of the Bethel Brotherhood ministry. A very faithful servant to God and to his church.
Marcellus Hamilton Smith departed this life September 21, 2019 at the age of 93 years, two months, and 29 days. He was preceded in death by his Parents; Wife, Marguerite Smith; Daughter, Carol Wilson; Brothers, Claudious Smith and Millard F. Smith Sr.; Nephew, Derrick Parker
He leaves to cherish his memory Sisters, Christianna Prince and Lucille Scott; Grandchildren, Shawn Carriker, Robert Carriker and Tamala White; Nephews, Millard F. Smith Jr., Kenneth I. Smith and John Prince Jr.; Nieces, Phyllis Harris and Linda Smith; and a host of other relatives, loved ones and friends.
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