Leonard Forrest Smith, Jr., also known to many as “Forris or Meadowlark” departed this life on Monday, April 22, 2019, peacefully at his Asheville home at the age of 73. Leonard was a native of Norfolk, Virginia, born December 17, 1945. In 1947 his parents, Leonard Sr. and Dorothy Lewis Smith relocated their family to Asheville, NC. Leonard Jr. is preceded in death by his loving father Leonard Smith Sr, and sisters Phyphine Whitted and Billie Doris Atkins, and nephew Robert Singleton.
Leonard is a 1964 graduate of Stephens-Lee High School where he played basketball. After graduating high school he attended Winston Salem State University until he joined the United States Army. After his tenure with the United States Army he became a faithful career employee with the City of Asheville Parks and Recreation as well as Middle and High School athletic departments for 30 plus years. During this time he also displayed his love of officiating sporting events. Forris was a member of Youth Basketball of America and North Carolina Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) just to name a few. He officiated basketball, baseball, volleyball, and softball games. Outside of working you could always find Leonard on the green as he was an avid golfer, sports fanatic, and jokester. Rarely would you see Leonard without a pleasant smile.
Surviving and left to cherish his memory are his mother Dorothy Lewis Smith of Asheville, NC; sisters Johnnie Robertson of Asheville, NC, and Sherlyn Allen (Willie) of Hampton, GA; special relatives Joyce Shabazz and Tijuana “Tina” Whitted of Asheville, NC; nephews Dwight Allen of Durham, NC, Rodney Allen (Denise) of Fort Mitchell, Alabama, Travis Allen of Hampton, GA, Sharif Muhammad (Dequandra) of Lovejoy, GA, Jamal Atkins of Bronx, NY; nieces Bahija Roberton of Spartanburg, SC, LaTasha Whitted of Asheville, NC, Crystal Crippen and a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Family will receive friends at the home of Tina Whitted, 4 Oaken Court, Asheville, NC 28803.