Henry "Puddin" William Smith Jr was born on November 20, 1958, in Des Moines, IA to Florene Knox and Henry William, Sr.
The eldest son of this union, Henry grew up surrounded by his oldest brother "Kenny" and younger sisters "Roy" and "Nita". Henry was educated at George Washington High School in Denver, Colorado, and held a plethora of freelance and trade jobs throughout his life.
Although Henry never married, he met Denise Greenup in 1985 and raised Ronald Howard Jr. as his own. Henry remained a pillar of consistency for the Smith family looking after his nieces, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Henry loved spending time with family at gatherings especially when food was involved, like Thanksgiving. Henry William Smith, Jr. was called home at the age of 63 on November 13, 2022. Henry is preceded in death by his Mother, Florene Smith, his Father Henry William Smith, Sr, and his brother, Kenneth Irvin Franklin. Henry is survived by his sisters, Royetta Scott and Hennitta Smith, 4 nieces, Pamela Smith, Denita Smith, Tiffany Jacobs, and Mercedes Dailey, as well as a host of great nieces and nephews, DaVonte Smith, Danyia Smith-Wilkins, Corey Shively, II, Shanyia Jacobs, DaNay Smith-Wilkins, Bruce Johnson, III, Kailana Smith, Kashmir Johnson, Kasan Smith, Ka' Miia Johnson and Kairo Dailey all residing in Denver, Colorado.
If you would like to make a donation in honor of Henry, please channel them to The Denver Rescue Mission or to St. Francis in Denver Colorado.