Ora Arto Smith, Jr.
October 24, 1948 – January 22, 2020
Ora Arto Smith, Jr., 71, of Nashville died Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington. He was born October 24, 1948 in Columbus to Ora A. Smith and Helen White Smith. He was retired form Cummins Engine INC. On December 22, 1968 he married Nancy Ferree and she survives.
Other survivors include a son, Ora Arto Smith III and his wife Erin of Statesboro, Georgia; two grandsons, Harrison and Nolan Smith; two sisters, Geneva (husband Mickey) Dinsmore of Nashville and Kathy (husband Robert) Hollis of Columbus; four brothers in law, C. Wayne Ferree, Bradley Ferree, Gary Ferree and Kenneth Ferree; many many well-loved nieces and nephews; and a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard L. Smith; and two sisters, Betty McMasters and Judith Boroughs.
Ora was a long time member of North Salem United Methodist Church where he served as Vice Chair of the Board and he and Nancy were co-chairs of the food pantry. He served as an Electronics Technician at Cummins Engine for 33 years and was a Viet Nam ere Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was a dearly loved uncle by his large family, he was described as a man of his word, he had a great sense of humor, and would go out of his way to help someone. After his retirement, Ora’s veracious thirst for knowledge led him to read 5-7 books a week.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:30 AM in North Salem United Methodist Church, 7718 State Road 46 East, Nashville, with Stewart Ball, M.S. officiating. Burial will follow in David Cemetery where Military Honors will be given by the Brown County Veterans Honor Guard. Family and friends may gather on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home, 1682 State Road 135 North, Nashville.
If friends so desire, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Food Pantry at North Salem United Methodist Church.
Food Pantry at North Salem United Methodist Church
7718 State Road 46 East, Nashville, Indiana 47448
- Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, January 24, 2020
- Funeral Service Saturday, January 25, 2020
Ora Arto Smith, Jr.
Sharyn and Jim Riley
January 25, 2020
This picture of Ora so perfectly captures the man we used to see at dinner some times with Nancy and a shared friend, Maxine Crane. Ora had such a winning sense of humor; he was always ready with a laugh or a witty remark. We're sorry that Oran has left us. Our sympathy goes out to you, Nancy and to your extended family.
January 24, 2020
Praying for peace for your family.
January 23, 2020
I am so sorry and saddened to learn of Ora's passing. He was a great guy and a great employee for Cummins. I enjoyed working with Ora over the years and liked and respected him very much.
I am currently in Florida and will be unable to attend the service but please know my thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this difficult time.