He may have been born in the city of Minier, however I have been unable to confirm with a birth record thus far.
He is one of four surviving brothers listed in his mothers obituary in 1952. (will provide obit soon as well)
He was listed in a New Orleans directory as the "Training Manager" of a hotel (year and hotel name will be provided as I add these sources)
Multiple census records in Deer Creek Illinois seem to place Edward in Atlanta, Georgia for some time. (1940's)
Family rumor maintains that Edward reported that he had been adopted as an orphan and was not a "true Smith."
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