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.

“You have to take responsibility for you, for creating the path to the future you desire. No one can do that for you. The choices you make, determine your fate.” – Bernal Elery Smith II October 22 will mark one year since my father, Bernal Elery Smith II, passed away...
To the second best man watching me from overhead (after God): It’s been 130 days since you transitioned from work to reward. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t the toughest four and a half months of my life. I’ve never had to live life without my dad, my protector,...
The 100 Black Men of Memphis chapter this week got a $20,000 boost from the Shelby County Board of Commissioners in the group’s effort to raise funds for the scholarship named in honor of Bernal E. Smith II, the late publisher of The New Tri-State Defender. Backing – and adding...
Late 2010, Tammy Coleman received a devastating phone call from a close friend that forever changed her life. “She told me she had two years to live,” said Coleman. “When she told me it was from breast cancer, I literally had to pull over on the side of the road...
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. Bernal Elery Smith II died at his home on Oct....
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.  
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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 to Smith. Due to technical difficulties and time constraints, the video...
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 shoes she dearly wanted for their 22nd wedding anniversary. The publisher...
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 news source. Below are some of the videos produced for TSDtv....
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 respondents -- young and old; professional partners and childhood friends;...