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Credell Smith, Jr

July 9, 1953 ~ November 6, 2020 (age 67)


Credell "Creekie, Dell"  Smith Jr. passed away at home on Friday, November 6, 2020.  He was born July 9, 1953 in Kansas City, Kansas to Laura (Roby) Smith and Credell "Buck" Smith.  Dell was the sixth of eleven children.  He was preceded in death by: both parents, two brothers, Cedric Hooks Sr. and Reginald Hooks, a sister, Tanya Granger, and his stepmother, Dorothy (May) Smith.


Dell was educated and attended school in Kansas City, MO. He was trained as a welder and worked as a painter.  In 1979, Dell married Cassandra Moore and relocated to Oakland, California.  One child was born to this union, Dana Elaine Smith. Credell was a dedicated musician.  He played the bass guitar and performed in several bands. He wrote music and was instrumental in writing the theme song for the Oakland A’s baseball team, “Billy Ball". He also moved to Nashville where he co-wrote songs with country singers.  He was a talented artist, and loved to draw and create art.


Dell leaves to cherish his memory: beloved daughter, Dana Smith, two grandsons: Kyler Walker and Dominic Smith, four sisters: Samarion Montgomery, Theresa King (Larry), Santisa Williams (Lucian), and Crystal "Barbie" Rogers, three brothers: Dwayne McFeders (Marie), Rodney James (Brenda), and Brian Rogers (Sherrion).  He is also survived by the May Family, a special aunt, Kathryn Smith-Hunt (Bill) and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. 

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