Maurice spread his wings on July 31, 2019 in his home of more than 28 years where he was loved and adored by many. Maurice went home to be with the Lord and join the loved ones that preceded him, his father Willie J. Smith Sr., his mother Rodessa Smith, his sister Georgia Jefferson, and brother Willie J. Smith Jr.
“Ping” was fun to be around, always telling jokes, stepping, and had a passion for cooking, and was the king of bar-b-que and the master of sweet potato pies.
Maurice was the sixth child born to Willie J. Smith and Rodessa Smith on December 6, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois.
Maurice Graduated from DuSable High School and later attended the Dawson Technical Institute, receiving his Associates Degree at Daley College,
Maurice worked for the Chicago Board of Education at Anthony Overton Elementary School as a Teacher Aide and Office Assistant for more than 20 years where he was loved and respected by employees and students.
At Overton, he displayed enthusiasm when it came to the youth. Mentoring with art projects, managing the After School All Stars Program, also assisting with the basketball teams and the safety patrol, among many of his various duties around the school.
Maurice later went on to work for Atlas Material Testing Solutions in shipping and receiving. His passion was as a skilled laborer, working and establishing relationships with everyone he met. His desire in life was to help others when needed and make others happy all the time.
Maurice leaves to cherish his loving memories his wife of 29 years, Jacqueline Lane-Smith; two sons, Maurice Hill and Cordero Lane; two grandchildren, Maurice Hill Jr. “Nicky” and JaKayla Hill “Donmonique ;” four sisters, Rosetta Randle, Denise Randle, Cornelia Gray, and Sandra (Calvin) Milton; one brother, Cornell (Pamela) Smith, special friend, Angela Moore who love him dearly, Chanelle Moore, James Herring Jr., and a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
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