OBITUARY

Marshall Eugene Smith

February 16, 1939January 19, 2021
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Marshall Eugene "Smitty" Smith, age 81, of Bloomington passed away Tuesday evening, January 19, 2021 at his residence. Born February 16, 1939 in Bloomington, he was the son of Howard L. and Ina Mae (Stansifer) Smith. Marshall graduated from Bloomington High School and started his working career at Stansifer Radio in Bloomington. He then went on to hold several positions at Otis Elevator and retired after 40 years of service. In addition to working at Otis Elevator, Marshall owned and operated Smitty's Pool Supplies where he appreciated his many customers, and they appreciated him for his personal service. Smitty was a member of the NRA and was an ardent supporter of police. He donated regularly to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas and to many local charities caring for the less fortunate members of our community that needed food and shelter. He was of the Christian faith. Smitty is survived by his loving wife, Kay (Love) Smith, to whom he married on January 12, 1957 in McDoel Baptist Church, his daughter, Korki (Mike) Tharp, of Bloomington, one sister, Barbara Smith Houseworth, of Martinsville, brother and sister-in-law, Reva and Russell Shields, of Solsberry; two brothers-in-law, Dickie Gilliland, of Bloomington and Buster Oakes, of Eminence; four grandchildren, Rachael (Austin) Tharp Vickrey, Ryan (Rebecca Saulter) Tharp, David Smith and Daniel Smith; and five great grandchildren; Arissa North, Aiden Tharp, Chase Tharp, Arlo Vickrey and Penny Vickrey. Smitty was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Marty Gene Smith, and Mickey David Smith, one sister, Norma Smith Oakes, two brothers-in-law, Robert Houseworth and Jerry Love, one sister-in-law, Peggy (Love) Gilliland and one brother and sister-in-law, Bonnie (Love) Bell and Eddie Bell. Due to CoVid restrictions, a private family visitation and funeral service will be on Monday at the Deremiah-Frye Mortuary, Greene and Harrell Chapel; 700 W. Gourley Pike. The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Pantry 279, or any local charity of your choice in his memory. Online condolences may be given at www.DeremiahFryeMortuary.com

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Rise Reinier

January 27, 2021

Dear Family,
Kevin and I were so sad to learn of Smitty’s passing. We’ve come for pool supplies for years. What a knowledgeable, helpful and kind person. We just took for granted that Smitty would always be there. We’re so sorry for your loss. It’s hard to imagine life without Smitty!

Sending love, Risë Reinier and Kevin Gallagher

David Smith

January 25, 2021

We were so sad to hear about Marshall. We have alot of great memories from years past, and all the family reunions, Our
prayers are with you all at such a sad time. I know mom would have
been there with you if she had been able.

Love and Prayers
Dave and Ruthie Smith

Harry McCammon

January 25, 2021

We are sorry for the passing of Smitty and offer our condolences to his family. We have done business with Smitty's Pool Service for many years and I always enjoyed visiting with him in addition to doing business with him. He was a good person and his passing is a loss to the community. He will be missed.
With sympathy,
Ivy & Harry McCammon

Denise Sparks

January 25, 2021

Smitty was a mentor friend and one of a kind will be deeply missed blessings to the family Larry and Denise Sparks

Theresa Bradley

January 24, 2021

I'm very sorry to hear of Smitty's passing. I had went to the pool supply for the last 35 years. Never anyone better, he knew the business. He was also a friend, you knew it when you walked in the door. He will be missed. What a gift he was to all of us. Condolences to the family.

Mark Eckerle

January 24, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I was one of Smitty’s pool supply customers. The only part of having a pool that I enjoyed was getting to talk to Smitty when I needed supplies. He was always so easy to talk to, friendly, and knowledgeable. I could always rely on getting the right advice from Smitty about any pool issue I was having. Smitty was a great American and will be sadly missed.

Lynn SAMPLE

January 24, 2021

I am very saddened by the death of Marshall. He was a great person, a generous and loving Grandfather who never failed to celebrate the kids birthday gatherings. It was so reassuring to know he was there for his family. He will be missed. Rest in peace
we loved you.

David Stewart

January 24, 2021

Want to give my condolences to the Smith family . From the Stewart family , Harold , Wilma , David & Danny Stewart . He will be missed .

Tim Wildridge

January 24, 2021

I was so shocked and saddened to read of Smitty's passing. I have known and done business with Smitty since the 90's. He was always so nice and helpful to me in dealing with any pool problem or supply. He always had a smile and a good word for you, and we always shared a laugh about something. Rest In Peace Smitty and my condolences to the family.

Dottie Gilliland

January 24, 2021

Uncle Marshall was an awesome uncle. I have several memories as a child and as an adult. Running along side the car as they were trying to leave the house, him threatening to whoop my butt, only because he didn’t want to run over me. We all have laughed about that one several times. I was the mischievous child lol. His caring, love, understanding, compassion, advice never stopped as a child, I always have felt uncle Marshall and aunt Kay’s love. You will be sadly missed by all. Until we meet again in that promise land tell all our family that we love them.

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