He was born Jan. 1, 1940, in Sinks Grove, a son of the late John and Lilly Bowyer Smith.
After graduating from Greenville High School, Leroy was self-employed, working as mechanic and operating a lawn care service. He will be remembered for his love of the outdoors, hunting, working, and enjoying life, but most of all as a loving husband and father.
Leroy is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Gloria Jean (Mann) Smith; his sons, Marvin E. Smith and wife Kathy of Ballengee, Randy L. Smith and wife Lisa of Hilldale, Eddie D. Smith and wife of Lynchburg, VA; daughters, Brenda L. Fox and husband Tim of Talcott and Debra A. Smith of Creamery; his brother, Blaine Smith and wife Cathy of Wayside; his 12 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, James Smith; and his sisters, Elizabeth Longanacre and Dreama Comer.
Funeral services will be on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home Chapel in Alderson, with Pastor Jim Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery at Creamery.
Friends may call Sunday, Feb. 13, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home in Alderson.
Serving as pallbearers are Ronnie Joe Mann, Marvin Smith, Randy Smith, Marvin Smith, Jr., Eddie Smith, Tim Fox, and Timothy Fox.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with the Smith family at www.lobbanfh.com