Berry Smith Jr. (1932-2009)
Berry Smith Jr., better known as Junior to family and close friends, 77, of Grayson, Ky., and 609 Highway 466, Lady Lake, Fla., and formerly of Westwood, Ky., died Tuesday evening, May 12, 2009, in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland following a long illness.
Mr. Smith as born March 21, 1932, in Ashland, Ky., and reared in Westwood, a son of the late Berry Smith Sr. and Mattie Mae Williams Smith. He was a retired foreman in the coating department of Armco (AK) Steel Corp. in Ashland.
In addition to his father and mother, he was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters, including George Ray Smith, Arthur "Charlie" Smith, Willie Mitchell Smith, Hattie Mae Adams and Myrtle Marie Wright.
Surviving are his lovely wife, Viola Dyer Smith; four sons, Berry Lee (Liz) Smith of Prosperity, S.C., David Keith Smith of Salt Lake City, Utah, Curtis Brian (Kim) Smith of West Point, Utah, and Jeffrey Dean (Beth) Smith of Nicholasville, Ky.; three daughters, Evelyn Marie Fannin of Nicholasville, Cheryl Ann (Tony) Jackson of Lexington, Ky., and Sandra Kay (Johnny) Terry of Ashland; a stepdaughter, Karen Jo (Tom) Wheeler of Catlettsburg, Ky., and stepson, James Keith Stewart of Catlettsburg, both of whom he raised; a brother, Paul Edward "Abe" (Virginia) Smith of Mandarin, Fla.; a sister, Polly Ann Tunnicliff, of Wilmington, N.C.; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; a stepgreat-grandchild; three additional stepdaughters, Deborah (Jim) Everman of Grayson, Donna (Tim) Chamberlin of Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Rachael (Paul) Whitmarsh of Portland, Maine; two additional stepsons, Donald (Kelly) Cooke of Grayson and Zachary (Vicki) Henderson of Wheelersburg; and seven additional stepgrandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009, at the First Baptist Church of Grayson, 162 N. Court St. (Veterans Square) by Brother Paul Cox. Burial will br in Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2009, and after 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Sparks Funeral Home in Grayson.
Condolences may be sent to www.sparksfh.com
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 1538 Central Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.