The fund is named in memory of Lee Smith, who died in an automobile accident in February 2006.
Smith not only loved his own children, Sawyer and Brylee, but also had a heart for the underprivileged.
The fund’s distinctive logo depicts Smith holding hands with his children, who are in turn holding the hands of two other children.
It also celebrates in order of priority what Smith valued most at the end of his life — Faith, Family Friends and Fun.
His mother, Jeanette Smith, recalls how he donated matching socks and shorts to members of the city basketball team that he coached because he knew that some children could not afford them.
“He was ready to do whatever was needed, never thinking that his concern and work with children would be cut short,” Smith said.
On May 11, 2006, less than three months after his death, Smith’s parents and brother made the first contributions through the Walker Area Community Foundation to establish the Samuel Lee Smith Advised Fund.
“The fund was established to honor Lee’s memory, but more importantly to help children live their lives to the fullest, encouraging athletics, scouting, religious activities, the arts and good health, especially for those who need financial assistance,” Jeanette Smith.
There have been more than 40 beneficiaries of the $133,000 in grants awarded in the past seven years.
The board of the Samuel Lee Smith Advised Fund currently consists of his parents, Jeanette and Pete Smith; brother, Hugh Smith; widow, Jennifer Williams Smith; son, Sawyer Smith; and Jim Brakefield.
Smith said the family is grateful for all who have generously donated to the fund since its inception.
“Your donations give us such comfort in carrying on Lee’s loving, compassionate, and giving spirit and enables us to help children in our community,” Jeanette Smith said.
Donations to the Samuel Lee Smith Advised Fund may be mailed to the Walker Area Community Foundation at P.O.Box 171, Jasper, AL 35502.