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SMITH, II, Alvin L. age 37 of Atlanta, GA passed June 30, 2019.

The Celebration of Life Service for Mr. Alvin L. Smith, II will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019, at 11:00 AM; Ben Hill United Methodist Church, 2099 Fairburn Road, SW Atlanta, GA 30331.  Rev. Byron Thomas, officiating.  Interment, Greenwood Cemetery.

Viewing for Mr. Smith, II is Thursday, July 11, 2019, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at our chapel.

Alvin Luther Smith, II, was born on June 16, 1982, in Dallas, Texas, to Alvin Luther Smith and Phyllis Jackson-Smith. Early in life, Alvin was instilled with a deep and abiding faith and developed a love for his family, friends, and sports. Alvin had a special passion for football and was fortunate to live out many of his dreams and aspirations during his short time on Earth.

 When Alvin was three years old, his parents relocated the family to his mother’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. He and his only sibling, Miya, already considered Atlanta as “home” because of the fun times they had experienced there during frequent visits. Soon after settling in East Point, the family joined Ben Hill United Methodist Church where Alvin received his Confirmation and participated in the Youth Choir, Sunday School, and Youth Ministry. Alvin’s participation in sports began through the East Point Recreational League with Tee Ball, Mighty Mites Football, Little League Baseball, and 3KFun Runs with his father who served as one of his coaches. Alvin and his father shared a strong bond and Alvin, from a very young age, regarded his father as his “best friend’’. Alvin completed his early education in public and private schools in Atlanta, with perhaps the most influential being the Heritage Preparatory Day School where he was educated beyond the normal curriculum becoming well-versed in the arts and culture.

Upon entering B.E. Mays High school, Alvin’s sports interest was primarily football, although he did also excel track & field event of shotput. Alvin was fondly nicknamed “Bear” by one of his high school coaches and this moniker stuck with him for life. He even got a tattoo of a bear emblem on his right shoulder. Alvin enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, for his senior year of high school and graduated in the Class of 2000. Upon graduating from Hargrave, Alvin wanted more time to decide on his many offers for college and enrolled at Milford Academy Prep School. He was awarded a football scholarship to Tulane University. In 2002, he transferred from Tulane University to his beloved Oregon State University. Alvin thrived as a player at Oregon State receiving accolades such as Defensive Player of the Week, three Varsity Letters, and the All PAC-10 Team honorable mention list in 2006. Alvin’s leadership and charisma on and off the field also earned him a huge fan base in Corvallis where fellow students created the “Don’t Mess with Al Smith” Fan Club.

Alvin’s continued passion for the game of football landed him in the National Football League. In 2006, the San Diego Chargers signed him as an undrafted free agent. He later joined the Cleveland Browns. Also, he played for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe. Alvin’s passion for sports didn’t end with the conclusion of his playing days. After three years playing profession football, he pursued graduate studies at the University of Washington in Sports Leadership that led him into his second career, coaching.

Alvin’s coaching career took him to nearly all corners of the country, the Pacific northwest, the desert southwest, and the northeast. He began coaching at Portland State University where he served as an Assistant Defensive Line Coach. He left Portland State for the opportunity to coach in his beloved PAC-10 conference, serving as a Defensive Graduate Assistant at Arizona State University for two seasons. After leaving Arizona State, Alvin served as a Defensive Line Coach for three seasons, at Columbia University in New York City. Alvin ended his coaching career at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. Alvin’s personal mission in coaching was to broaden the exposure of football talent in various communities, particularly underserved and underexposed communities. He routinely added high schools to his recruiting roster that traditionally hadn’t been recruited by the colleges he represented.

Alvin’s focus changed with the birth of his son, Judah Zion Smith in 2012. Alvin took so much pride in his son and changed careers again in order to be able to enjoy even more of his son’s life moments. He began his sales career Sales Consultant with DePuy Synthes, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Even in this career, he thrived and received accolades for growing the business in his South Georgia territory.  He was highly respected and personally well-liked by colleagues, executives, and doctors due to his ability to perfectly blend a strong professional expertise with his warm Southern charm. He really thrived at everything he put his hand to, in no small part, because of family members who joined him in specific prayers for his successes and well-being.

Everyone who knew and interacted with Alvin loved his great smile, infectious personality, positive nature, and sense of humor that often left him and those around him in uproarious laughter. Alvin will be missed by many, most especially by those who cherish his memory; son, Judah Zion Smith, his parents Phyllis Jackson-Smith of East Point, GA and Alvin Smith of Atlanta, GA; his beloved sister, Miya Smith; his aunt and godmother, Cecelia E. Jackson; uncle, Melvin Smith, of Chicago, IL; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives, friends, and his beloved Oregon State family.

Willie A. Watkins Historic West End Chapel (404) 758-1731.

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  • Sunday, July 7, 2019
    The staff of Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    ~ Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019
    Al, we are going to really miss you and your smile. My prayers are that God strengthen your family at this time of breament. Pamela Davis from your CSP family at Phoebe
    ~ Pamela Davis   Albany, GA
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019
    Al, we are going to really miss you and your smile. My prayers are that God strengthen your family at this time of breament. Pamela Davis from your CSP family at Phoebe
    ~ Pamela Davis   Albany, GA
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019
    Al, we are going to really miss you and your smile. My prayers are that God strengthen your family at this time of breament. Pamela Davis from your CSP family at Phoebe
    ~ Pamela Davis   Albany, GA
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019
    Al, we are going to really miss you and your smile. My prayers are that God strengthen your family at this time of breament. Pamela Davis from your CSP family at Phoebe
    ~ Pamela Davis   Albany, GA
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your son Al. You and your family are in my prayers.
    ~ Alvenia P. Singleton   Conley, GA
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019
    Alvin you will be truly missed,my condolences to your family.Inga Butler-Phoebe CSP
    ~ Inga Butler   Albany, GA