Kenneth was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 9, 1931 to John and Coreece Smith. He was raised in Philadelphia where he attended South Philadelphia High School. In April, 1950, he entered the U.S. Air Force and attended Basic Military Training at Lackland A.F.B. in Texas to support his mother. After Basic Training, Kenneth was stationed at F.E. Warren A.F.B., Wyoming; MacDill A.F.B., Florida; Dover A.F.B., Delaware; Lowry A.F.B., Colorado, and L.G. Hanscom Field, Massachusetts where he met and later married the former W.A.F., Virgie Luckett. Seven children were born of this union.
While servicing in the Air Force, Kenneth served two tours in Korea and was then stationed, with his family, at Alconbury, England; March A.F.B., CA; Izmir, Turkey; Vandenberg A.F.B., CA, and again at March A.F.B., CA where he retired in 1976 after twenty-six years of military service in the field of Supervisory and Administrative Specialist.
Kenneth continued his education and attended Riverside City College and Cal State San Bernardino and worked for Riverside County Tax Collector's Office for twenty years. He retired from the county in November, 1996.Kenneth was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Virgie Smith, his children: Virgie Lorraine Smith II, Twila Smith, Keith Smith (Lynne), Charles Smith (Yvonne), Avery Smith (Honorai), Duane Smith (Denise), Joy Smith, sisters-in-law (Charlotte Miller and Judy Smith), cousin (Johnetta Driscoll), 18 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He Loved the Lord, his family and his church and was an active and faithful member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Riverside where he and his family joined the church in early 1960’s as he served various positions: Church Treasurer (1974-1990), Steward, Trustee, President of the Men’s Club, sang in the Men’s Choir, taught Children Sunday School; Treasurer of the Lay Organization and Secretary of Official Board.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his Parents, Brothers Charles and Edward Smith and Sister Laura Hines.
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