William E. 'Bill' Smith

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2003

Juneau resident William E. "Bill" Smith, 88, died Feb. 11, 2003, in Juneau.

He was born Aug. 16, 1914, in Kake to Jimmy and Annie Jacobs. He was a graduate of Wrangell Institute and also attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He was a commercial fisherman and a carver. He was a member of Tlingit and Haida, Sealaska, Klawock Heenya Corp., and a lifetime member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp No. 2. He also was a volunteer at the Johnson Youth Center.

His family said that he loved to carve, play cards and read.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Earline Smith; his children, Rachel Burns and Carl Peterson and family of Juneau, and Rhonda Black and family of Palmer; Fannie Brown Ermaloff, his sister, and numerous nieces and nephews of Klawock; Lynn Scott and family of Oakland, Calif.; Lois Scott and Phillip Scott of Kansas City, Kan.; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp No. 2. A luncheon will follow.

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