OBITUARY

Kenneth Beech Smith

April 8, 1942January 1, 2021

Kenneth Beech Smith, 78, passed away on January 1, 2021. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan and served in the US Navy. Mr. Smith is survived by his 3 daughters: April Ann Smith, Julie Marie Payne and Christine Lynn Williams; 4 brothers: Jim Smith, Roger Smith, John Dee Smith and Tommy Smith; sister, Betty Ann Conklin; 6 grandchildren: DeVon Harper, Stefanie Melice, Brittany Payne, Kaitlyn Payne, Zachary Payne and Alyssa Wade; 4 great-grandchildren: Anthony Melice, McKensie Melice, Annabella Payne and Kahlani Williams; and a host of extended family and friends. Funeral services will be held 11 AM Thursday, January 7, 2020 at Grace Episcopal Church, 245 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL. Burial will follow in Jacksonville National Cemetery with honors at 2:30 PM in Lane 2. Arrangements by HARDAGE-GIDDENS HOLLY HILL FUNERAL HOME, 3601 Old Jennings Rd, Middleburg, FL. Please post words of comfort at www.hollyhillfunerals.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Mr. Smith is survived by his 3 daughters: April Ann Smith, Julie Marie Payne and Christine Lynn Williams; 4 brothers: Jim Smith, Roger Smith, John Dee Smith and Tommy Smith; sister, Betty Ann Conklin; 6 grandchildren: DeVon Harper, Stefanie Melice, Brittany Payne, Kaitlyn Payne, Zachary Payne and Alyssa Wade; 4 great-grandchildren: Anthony Melice, McKensie Melice, Annabella Payne and Kahlani Williams; and a host of extended family and friends.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 7, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, January 7, 2021

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Christine Williams

January 5, 2021

My Sweet Daddy, I love you so much, you always had me and I always have you. I am so happy that you have peace now. I love you, I will miss you, but I will see you again. Rest now Daddy until we see each other again.

Bryan Cook

January 5, 2021

RIP Uncle Kenny! When Brett and I were little you would watch us after school, and then that turned into you coming to Scout meetings with Adam. You were as much an Uncle to us as you were to Adam and Bambi. May you rest in peace old friend!


Fair Winds and Following Seas, my old friend!

Bryan

Sharon Green

January 5, 2021

Rest In Peace, Uncle Ken. I am grateful for the time we had together, although it was never enough. Thank you for encouraging me, nudging me, and yes, even teasing me. You will surely be missed, and forever loved. Sharon Marie

Elizabeth Conklin

January 4, 2021

Rest In Peace my beloved brother. I will miss our phone conversations. Time and distance kept us separated in body but never in spirit! May you find the grace of our lord in Heaven. Robert says goodbye also. And Aaron and Sara will never forget your ‘endless pot of bean soup’ when we visited you and mom/Gigi in Florida. Love always Kenny. Your favorite sister Elizabeth AKA Betty Anne

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FROM THE FAMILY