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This picture of Zach Smith, right, and a close friend, was taken about three years ago, when he was around 13 years of age and working at his dad’s produce business, JTS, in Marianna.
Friends and relatives of Zach Smith held hands in a circle of prayer last Saturday on the grounds of Pleasant Hill MBC, where a service in his memory was held.
A woman prepares to send up balloons in celebration of the life and memory of young Zach Smith.
As La’Tanya Smith, left, and Miki Joiner prepare an elaborate balloon release array, the balloons arch over one of the racecars that young Zach Smith loved
Friends of the family made this sign for the parents of Zach Smith after his death. It included statements from teachers and others in his life. It was on display at a memorial service held Saturday on the anniversary of his death, with a singer’s gospel selection, “If I Had Wings,” echoing the visual.
La’Tanya and John Smith stand near their son’s grave in the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church cemetery, with friends gathered around nearby last Saturday at a service in celebration of his life and memory. The oft-tended gravesite includes memorabilia, including the basketball his teammates at Marianna High School contributed to the family, a model racecar to signify his love of that sport, and more.
Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Ridge recently hosted a memory service for Zachariah Smith.
Smith, a local teenager who died in a traffic crash around this time last year, was buried in the church cemetery.
His parents, the Rev. John and La’Tanya Smith, were joined by friends and relatives of all ages that afternoon.
Those gathered shared in a balloon release, prayers, hymns, stories about the Smiths’ son, and a meal following the service in celebration of his life.