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Christopher Eric Smithey

October 23, 1973January 27, 2021
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Christopher Eric Smithey, age 47, passed away on Wednesday, January 27,2021. Eric was born on October 23,1973 in Dalton, Ga, son of John E. Smithey and Marsha Thomas. Eric was employed for South Eastern Data Co-Op. He was a member of the Brandon’s Chapel Baptist church in Stilesboro, Georgia and will be truly missed by his Church Family and Friend’s. Eric loved spending time with his family and friends, riding Horses, making music, collecting Antiques, and conducting his Opera company. He was a graduate of Gilmer High School and Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s Degree. He was very active with the City of Euharlee, and was on the Planning and Zoning committee. Eric is preceded in death by Grand Dad George Smithey and Grand Mother Betty Smithey; Great Aunts Ruth Springfield and Shirley Lyles. Two Great Uncles Joseph and Wilburn Thomas. Survivors include his loving wife Kimberly Rosquist Smithey; son Joseph Smithey; Father John E. Smithey and fiancé Donna McArthur: Mother Marsha Thomas brother’s Blake ( Ashley) Smithey and Caylor Hackney; Mother in Law Penny (Evan) Rosquist; two great uncles Sammy Springfield and Marvin Knight; three great aunts Geneva Knight ,Barbara Rester, and Evelyn Roberts. Also several extended Families survives. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 2:00pm in the afternoon on Tuesday, February 02,2021 in the Owen Chapel with Dr. Scott Shepard officiating. Burial will follow in the Euharlee Presbyterian Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at Owen Funeral Home. Pallbearers include; Steve Cernek, Conner Rosquist, Chase Springfield, Ellis Knight, Chris Carter, Steve Worthington, Craig Guyton and Randy Pickett. Honorary Pallbearer is Casey Pickett. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Family Savings CU for Joseph Smithey College Fund. Checks can be mailed to 250 Douthit Ferry Road. Cartersville, Ga. 30120. or send money via VENMO to @JOSEPH-SMITHEY - 3 Please visit www.owenfunerals.com to post tributes and sign the on-line register. Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, Ga 30120 has charge of the arrangements.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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Durenda KIRK DOLAN

February 4, 2021

i was there the day he came into the world, we all loved spoiling him. He was such a sweet baby bo.y, IM SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF HIM. REST IN PEACE ERIC.
GODSPEED

Dawna Thomas

February 2, 2021

When I first laid eyes on Eric Smithey he was playing trumpet in a student recital at KSU. He was angry because he made a mistake-one we couldn’t hear necessarily! When our Collegiate chapter of MENC decided to mount a broadway review show we worked together for weeks-I directed singers and he arranged the music and directed the band—what foreshadowing! He was such a hard worker and did exactly what he said he’d do! The next time we worked together was years later. I was cast in an opera when imagine my surprise guess who walks in to run a rehearsal! I’m so proud that I not only got to see the man Eric would become but I got to thank him personally for making me not only a better singer but a better person. He pulled that out of people. He was kind. He was generous with his praise, his correction, his kindness and his laughter. More years passed, I was elated when filling in for a gig with Kim wearing Victorian hoops skirts when she confided Joseph was on the way. We giggled like school girls getting her into that dress! And we talked of what an amazing dad Eric would be. But when Joseph actually arrived he took our breath away as he generously and beautifully captured the drama and elation of Joseph the miracle baby. And he was so faithful to bring us all along thru Facebook posts that made us all hang on every word. His stories, filled with his hopes and dreams made us all want to live life more fully, be more deeply connected, more faithful and grateful. He was the dearest daddy and husband and he made us love Kim and Joseph and Jesus more.

Kimberley Dyson

February 2, 2021

To my buddy

Smithey it hurt my heart to hear of your passing. You were such a great friend. From hanging out with you on our breaks at Aaron's, to mowing my lawn when I first moved to Cartersville. I have enjoyed coming to your home and fishing with you. When my car broke down you being the first to offer a ride to work. You were a great husband, father, and friend, and you will truly be missed.

Elizabeth Marshall

February 2, 2021

Eric will truly be missed! He was a great addition to our department when he came to SEDC...always smiling, full of laughter, such a warm spirit. You could instantly tell he was just a good person, through and through. RIP friend. Gone too soon.

Dawn Taylor Hill

February 2, 2021

I have worked closely with Eric since September 2020 and he wasn't just part of our Teams, he was family to us. We mourn with you and were stunned to hear of his passing. My heart goes out to all of you and my deepest sympathies and prayers are with you. I am going to miss him as a friend and partner on our teams. My heart is heavy today but I know he lived a beautiful life, evident through his family, wife and child. You are in my thoughts as you grieve and please know that Eric was loved by so many, will be deeply missed and my prayers will remain with you.

Deborah Lyles Fisher

February 2, 2021

Eric was always able to share a piece of our family history that I had not known before. In November I asked him about our grandmother’s mother and he quickly recounted her story including a picture and other documents. We shared a love of history. I’m eternally grateful for the last day I spent with him and his young family in October—morning at Brandon’s Chapel and lunch at Doug’s. Thank you for the memories. Love you always!

Casey Pickett

February 1, 2021

I’ve often heard and read that friends are the family members we choose in life. I and whom ever you chose as your friend won more than any lottery could ever provide. Your humor and laughter was infectious to anyone that knew you. When we first met, it was like I had known you my whole life as we both enjoyed hunting, fishing and talking about trucks. My family and I will forever cherish shooting clays with you and Kim and yes, even the time when Kim beat us all. You are a wonderful father and husband. I’m honored to call you my friend. I’m a better person for knowing you. Until we meet again.
Love ya brother,
Casey Pickett

Greta Lyles-Collins

February 1, 2021

Kim and family,
Words can not describe how sorry we are for your loss. Eric was my cousin and I remember holding him when he was a baby, he grew into a wonderful loving and talented man. He was a great father, son and grandson. What a beautiful life he lived, I will sure miss his posts of beautiful words well spoken and his photos always made me smile. Gone to soon-but his love lives on. Until we meet again ❤

Terrance DeWitt

February 1, 2021

I worked with Eric for several years before moving to Louisiana in 2013. Eric always kept us laughing with his quick wit and sense of humor. But he was also the person who would give you the shirt off his back. Eric was truly a great friend and coworker, a great husband to Kimberly, and a great father to Joseph. I have been truly blessed to have known him. Prayers from myself and Pansy go out to his family. Rest In Peace, my friend. You will be truly missed.

Angie Tarvin Fields

February 1, 2021

Eric will be missed by many.
He was my cousin, best friend, as we were kids. Kimberly & Joseph, my family and I are praying for you.

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Biography

Christopher Eric Smithey, age 47, passed away on Wednesday, January 27,2021.
Eric was born on October 23,1973 in Dalton, Ga, son of John E. Smithey and Marsha
Thomas. Eric was employed for South Eastern Data Co-Op.
He was a member of the Brandon’s Chapel Baptist church in Stilesboro, Georgia and
will be truly missed by his Church Family and Friend’s. Eric loved spending time with
his family and friends, riding Horses, making music, collecting Antiques, and conducting
his Opera company. He was a graduate of Gilmer High School and Kennesaw State University
with a Bachelor’s Degree.
He was very active with the City of Euharlee, and was on the Planning and Zoning committee.
Eric is preceded in death by Grand Dad George Smithey and Grand Mother Betty Smithey; Great Aunt
Ruth Springfield.
Survivors include his loving wife Kimberly Rosquist Smithey; son Joseph Smithey; Father John E. Smithey and fiancé Donna McArthur: Mother Marsha Thomas brother’s Blake ( Ashley) Smithey and Caylor Hackney; Mother in Law Penny (Evan) Rosquist; two great uncles Sammy Springfield and Marvin Knight; three great aunts Genova Knight ,Barbara Rester, and Evelyn Roberts. Also several extended Families survives.
A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 2:00pm in the afternoon on Tuesday, February 02,2021 in the Owen Chapel with Dr. Scott Shepard officiating. Burial will follow in the
Euharlee Presbyterian Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at Owen Funeral Home.
Pallbearers include; Steve Cernek, Conner Rosquist, Chase Springfield, Ellis Knight, Chris Carter,
and Randy Pickett. Honorary Pallbearer is Casey Pickett.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Family Savings CU for Joseph Smithey College Fund.
Please visit www.owenfunerals.com to post tributes and sign the on-line register.
Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, Ga 30120 has charge of the arrangements.