- Published: October 2, 2008
L. Shelbert Smith of Yellow Springs passed away Sept. 29 in Springfield Regional Medical Center. He was 87. In honor of his request, there will be no service. A complete obituary notice will follow at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Porter-Qualls Funeral Home.
Since he “never met a stranger,” local residents enjoyed big bear hugs, free vegetables, beautiful flowers, and a well-stocked fishing pond, courtesy of his green thumb and open heart. The next generation of Abramses will continue to enjoy his passion for smoking meats, family gatherings, and spiritual worship. Many will miss the man known as “Uncle Brown, Abe, Daddy, Pappa, Grand Dad, Grandpa Lawrence and Larry”.
Survivors are his wife of 49–plus years, Josella Abrams; son, Lawrence Abrams Jr. and wife Jackie of Huntsville, Ala.; daughter, Andrea Abrams Turner and husband Stuart of Minneapolis, Minn.; son Martin Abrams and wife Amanda of Minneapolis, Minn.; and seven grandchildren.
The viewing will be held on Friday evening, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Central Chapel AME Church, 411 S. High St., Yellow Springs.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 1 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 34 W. Pleasant St., Springfield. In lieu of flowers, contributions will be accepted for the Lawrence Abrams Sr. Education Fund at US Bank, 266 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, OH 45387.