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Transition of NABSW Pioneer Dr. Fred Smith

Tuesday, October 21, 2014   (4 Comments)
Posted by: Melanie Bryant
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 NABSW Celebrates the Life and Legacy of our beloved Pioneer

Dr. Fred K. Smith



"He aligned himself with a like-minded organization – the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) – which he loved, embraced, and supported for over 40 years.  This would be his only formal affiliation over that period. He was a dedicated member of the National Steering Community and the President of the St. Louis Chapter of NABSW for many years." ~ Excerpt from Obituary 




Thursday, October 23rd 5pm to 8pm


Final viewing:

Friday October 24th 9am to 10:30am


Both visitations held at:

Faith Works Fellowship Ministries

3116 Locust Street St. Louis, MO. 63103


Memorial Service:

Friday October 24th at 11am

Friends A Meeting Place

716 N. Compton, St. Louis, MO

Burial immediately following at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery



Tokens of Sympathy, Cards and Flowers can be sent to the home of:


Melissa Smith-Haley (NABSW member and Dr. Fred's daughter)

2812 Castiglione Street

New Orleans, LA 70119


Administration says...
Posted Monday, October 27, 2014
Dear NABSW Family: We are deeply saddened to receive the news of the passing of our brother and comrade in the struggle, Dr. Fred Smith. Fred was an original! Brilliant, witty, sincere and dedicated, Fred never hesitated to voice his opinion on the rights and wrongs of brothers and sisters, community, society and the organization. Decade after decade when we traveled to the Steering Committee meetings and to the National Conference we could always depend on Fred being there. If he wasn't on the floor articulating his position on one of many passionate issues, he was out in the community relieving his stress by running. Fred was a great friend and supporter. He didn't wavier in the face of opposition. He talked mucho...but then that was Fred. His presence will be missed, but his spirit will remain with us. Let's take comfort in knowing that Fred now rests peacefully in the arms of our ancestors. Love and peace, Pat and Bill Merritt
Angela Washington says...
Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Melissa, My condolences go out to you and your loved ones during this time of grief. Your father was a special man and I will miss how he made me feel special, just being in his presence. May you take comfort in looking back at the good times to comfort you in the days ahead. Angela W
Ruth E. Vaughn says...
Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Melissa, I made a comment yesterday but wanted to add that Fred was one of the earliest persons to talk about energy focusing on that years ago. Also he and I attended AUSSW (not at the same time) but that didn't matter. I have a deep appreciation of Atlanta University SSW and so did Fred. RAuth Vaughn
Melanie Bryant says...
Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Rest Well Mr. Fred!

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