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Langston Smith

August 14, 1927 April 28, 2021
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Obituary for Langston Smith

A celebration of Langston's life will occur on

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Wood Funeral Home, Inc.
5537-39 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa. 19131

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Life Story

Langston Smith was born on August 14,1927, in Jamesville, NC to the late John and Erma Smith of Ahoskie, NC. He was the 13th of their 14 children.

Langston was educated in the public schools of Jamesville, NC.

As his parents believed in sending their children to Sunday school, he was baptized by the Weeping Mary Baptist Church in the Chowan River.

As Langston grew older, he tired of the country life and enlisted in the United States military. He served in both the Air force and the Army, the latter from which he received an honorary discharge as a tactical equipment technician in the capacity of corporal.
Upon his discharge, Langston followed his sisters Dorothy and Katie and his Mother to Philadelphia where they previously migrated from North Carolina.

He met and married Ruby Gross. This Union was blessed with two daughters, Terri Lynn, and Lisa Sabrina.

Langston was an extremely hard worker and landed a job as a truck driver for the City of Philadelphia. As an employee of the streets Department, he elevated himself to supervisor. He worked for over forty years until his retirement in 1989.

In 1987. Langston met the love of his life, Dorothy Daniels Pankey. They united in holy matrimony on May 27, 1989.

The two of them had many things I common. They loved to dance, play cards, go to the casino, sing, and travel. They really enjoyed each other’s company.
Langston was an avid sports fan, a skilled handyman and a talented creator/builder of many things. He had a handsome and contagious smile and was loved and protected by all his siblings.

He looked forwarded to going to church every Sunday with his wife, Dorothy, and eventually joined the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in February of 2017. He welcomes with open arms and was honored as one of its eldest members.

He was, also honored there for his service to the military.

Langston was a sharp dresser, quiet, reserved, pleasant and possessed a funny personality. You could always see him carrying his wife’s pocketbook. There was no “shame in his Game” and he constantly reminded her and everyone around how much he loved his wife. He could say, I love you” forty times a day.

Langston will be missed by his huge family and many, many friends. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, Dorothy, His two daughters, Terri and Sabrina, One stepson, Steven Pankey, Grandchildren, Aigner, Alicia, Amira, Rakia, Daniel, Anita, Step grandchildren, Michael, Shakira, Shanique, Grayson, Tamara and Tiana and eight great grandchildren. His sister in laws include Delores, Betty, Catherine, Velva, Clara, Bruce, Bill and hundreds of close nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Langston, Dear, we all loved you, but God loved you best. You are at home now, so please take you rest.

Sorrowfully Submitted
The family

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9:30 AM 5/18/2021 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 5/18/2021 10:30:00 AM
Wood Funeral Home, Inc.

5537-39 W. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Wood Funeral Home, Inc.
5537-39 W. Girard Ave. Philadelphia 19131 PA
United States





10:30 AM 5/18/2021 10:30:00 AM
Wood Funeral Home, Inc.

5537-39 W. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Wood Funeral Home, Inc.
5537-39 W. Girard Ave. Philadelphia 19131 PA
United States

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Washington Crossing National Cemetery Final Resting Place
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