Howard Taylor Smith, 51, of Early Branch and son of Gwendolyn Barnes Smith of Beaufort, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at his residence. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Homes of Varnville. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grimes Cemetery in Grays. Donations may be made to Sanctuary Hospice, P.O. Box 161, Ridgeland, SC 29936 or to the Hampton County Relay for Life, P.O. Box 158, Hampton SC 29924.