SALUDA— On July 10, 2018, God called Micheal Samuel “Pitty-Pat” Smith of Saluda home to eternal rest.
He was born April 16, 1954, to the late Johnny Jones Jr. and the late Delores “Dolly” Jones of White Stone.
Pitty-Pat accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mount Vernon Baptist Church. He was educated in the Lancaster County Public School system and he made it to the 11th grade. Then through circumstances and hardships, he had to quit school to work full-time to help support the family.
Pitty-Pat worked as a fisherman with the menhaden fishing industry. But his job came to a halt when he suffered an injury to his head. This injury changed his life forever. Through health issues and the obstacles in life, Pat remained the same. He was famously known for playing cards—he knew he was the king of card playing, especially when it came to Spades and California.
He was always concerned about others and how their families were doing. He would always refer to the fellas as “Slick.” He believed in being honest and telling you like it was. “He said what he meant and meant what he said.” Pat went to the Charter House daily in Kilmarnock. If you ever saw a bearded, smiling, leather coat wearing layered down man in Kilmarnock, it was Pitty-Pat.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents; brother Ray “Twitty” Jones Sr.; and sister Delphine Jones; and his friend, Sharon Maiden.
Leaving to cherish his memories are sisters, Carolyn (Phillip) Lee of Kilmarnock and Sharon Roane of Lafayette, La.; brothers, Johnny Jones III of Louisiana and Vincent (Robin) Jones of Milford; aunt, Emily Smith of Jacksonville, Fla.; a special lady whom he loved like a daughter, Tasha Maiden Lewis of Saluda; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, cousins, other family and friends.
A funeral was held Friday, July 20, at Campbell Funeral Home, Kilmarnock.