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Carrol A "Pops" Smith - Rest in Peace
- a kind and gentle man
Carroll Anderson Smith was born in Ft. Meade, Florida on May 7, 1936 to Perry F. Smith and Helen F. Smith.



They moved to the family acreage on Conner Rd in Lake Wales, Florida when he was a small boy. His father was a real estate broker and carpenter; his mother was a bookkeeper and an excellent gardener. Carroll graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, where he enhanced his interests in metallurgy and science. He moved to New Jersey to work for Standard Oil Company, and then moved to Miami in the 1970s, where he began teaching at the University of Miami. Carroll met Cynthia L. Roy, a student at the UM Marine Biology Lab, and they married in 1980. Carroll and Cindy moved to the family homestead in Lake Wales to raise their only child. The Roy/Smith family became immersed in the Florida folk music scene, and Carroll was a skilled and talented artist, with a wide range of interests including goldsmithing and clawhammer banjo. His knowledge of banjo history and folklore were well known throughout the southeast, and he was loved by his folk music family. He died at home on May 15th, 2017. Carroll's life was be honored with One More Jam in Tampa, Florida on June 3rd, 2017. 

Dale Webber July 1, 1937 - Oct 27, 2009
On Sunday Dec.13, 2009 Dale Webber was honored at a memorial gathering at the church at the Dade City Pioneer Florida Museum, Dade City.

Folk musicians gathered to honor Dale in anecdotal or appropriate musical tribute...

Renowned Florida Original Songwriter, Robert Orr"Bobby" Hicks, 54, Tampa died Wednesday, December 19, 2007, following a short illness. Descended from a pioneer family of the Tampa Bay area, Bobby was born in Tampa on September 4, 1953.

Dash Moore   passed on Jan 24, in St Augustine, at age 71.  Many of the old timers in FOFF will remember Dash, a street musician on St George St and attendee of many folk festivals around the state. Dash was known to be a musical associate of Will McLean and wrote many Florida folk songs. He traveled throughout Florida singing his songs for people at festivals and around the campfires. A memorial service will be held on the banks of the Suwannee in May of this year. 

Aug. 9, 1926 - Jan. 24, 2007


William Hewitt, 80, Sarasota, died Jan. 24, 2007. He was born Aug. 9, 1926, in Chester, Pa., and came to Sarasota in 1951. He was a finish carpenter and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Friends of Florida Folk and Sarasota Folk Club.