Marchand Arquell Smith, affectionately known as “Smitty”, was born June 9, 1953 to Shirley and the late Carl Smith in Chicago, Illinois. God saw Marchand getting tired and sent the angel to escort him to his heavenly home on October 7, 2018.
Marchand attended grammar school at St. Francis DePaul; and the fall of 1967, he began his high school education at St. Emma Military Academy in Powhatan, Virginia. During his 4 years there a bond was created with over 200 young men who were not only friends but brothers.
After graduation in 1971, Marchand received a (4) year Art Scholarship to Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He went on to pursue a life-long career in the military serving our country to the best of his ability.
To know Marchand was to love him. He was quick witted, always has a smile on his face and had a gift to make you laugh. He was a pranksters’ prankster. Marchand would call you up pretending be Mr. Lee from the Chinese restaurant in that Asian accent to let you know your order was ready.
All holidays were important to him. Don’t let it be your birthday. You could be subject to get anything like a case of oil, the jukebox and soda machine (of which he kept the keys) all for his sister Karlita.
Friendship was everything to Marchand; it was nothing for him to pick up the phone just to say hey in that voice we all know and loved. Another onw of Marchand’s God given talents was his love for Art. He was creative and was a self-taught pianist and trumpet player.
While in High School, he turned and old building into a place where his brothers”, could relax, play pool, listen to music of that time ans his artwork, paintings, and expressive thoughts made “The Sho-Nuff’Shack” a vital part of the campus.
Marchand was preceded in death by all of his uncles, “The Smith Brothers”, including his dad, several 1st cousins, including Derrick aka YoYo his #1 brother.
He leaves fond memories to his loving mother, Shirley; devoted sisters, Karlita and Terilyn; daughters, Hollie, Tia, and Christina; grannddaughter, Nirvana; grandson, Aaron; nephew, Karon; Aunt Betty and Uncle Ben; the ladies he affectionately called sweetie (you know who you are) and his brothers from class of 1971 St. Emma Military Academy; a host of nieces, nephews, others relatives and friends.
Let us keep Marchand’s zest for love and laughter alive.
Lovingly Submitted, The Family
Chicago, IL 60649
Chicago, IL 60637
Chicago, IL 60655