KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Vertner C. Smith, 71, died Sept. 16, 2007, at his home, after a long illness from cancer. He was born Oct. 16, 1935, in Garland, the son of Roland and Josephine Smith. He moved to Connecticut, where he worked for Pratt and Whitney, then worked for First National Stores for 18 years. He is survived by his wife, Judy; two sons, Michael Smith and wife, Florence, of St. Cloud, Fla., and Ronny Smith and wife, Renee, of Fayetteville, Ga.; two daughters, Penny Stevens and Darcy Smith of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; sister, Vivian Perkins of Corinth; four grandchildren, Heather, Holly and Darrell Stevens, and So-phie Smith; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Ernest Smith. At his request, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. He was cremated at Orlando Direct Cremation Service.