Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Bernal E Smith II (1972-2017)

Coverage related to the passing of TSD Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.
Visitation and Funeral at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church-Westwood — 620 Parkrose Rd.
Thursday, 10/26: Visitation — 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, 10/27: Funeral — Noon

Entombment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, 1661 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN 38106.

The ground-floor portion of the sanctuary at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church-Westwood swelled to capacity, yielding the overflow to ascending rows of seats. Such was the turnout for the homegoing of The New Tri-State Defender’s publisher, Bernal E. Smith II. Mr....
Even as we mourned, the TSD got ample coverage of the homegoing of our late publisher, Bernal E. Smith II. Special thanks to Tyrone P. Easley, Warren Roseborough and Gary S. Whitlow for capturing the event.  
Knowing he would be out of town for the home going of TSD Publisher Bernal E. Smith II, former Memphis Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton recorded remarks intended to be shown at Smith funeral. Herenton was a longtime mentor...
The last thing Bernal E. Smith II said to his wife, Towanda, was "I gotchu!" It was a two-word slang response to her very playful reminder that he only had about a month left to get a new pair of...
As part of his vision for what the TSD could be, Bernal E. Smith II wanted to expand coverage of Memphis and its African American community beyond the printed page. He wanted to make the TSD a vibrant multimedia...
When we at TSDMemphis.com asked our readers to share their thoughts and condolences about our late publisher, Bernal E. Smith II, we expected dozens of responses; that was no surprise. Nor was it surprising to see the range of...
By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) The National Newspaper Publishers Association lost one of its own this week with the death of Bernal E. Smith II, publisher of The New Tri-State Defender and a well-respected member of the NNPA. Mr....
The home-going service for Bernal E. Smith II, publisher of The New Tri-State Defender and a committed servant leader, has been set for Friday. Mr. Smith died at his home Sunday afternoon. His wife, Towanda Smith, said doctors attributed his death to...
Our friends at JustMyMemphis.com recently posted a six-minute video clip featuring the late Bernal E. Smith II, former publisher of the NewTri-State Defender, who died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon. They shared it with us, and we share it with you....  
  As shock gives way to sorrow in the sudden and unexpected death of Bernal E. Smith II, we wanted to create this opportunity for a city to post memories and condolences. Please post your remarks below. Comments may be...