Cornelius "Curly" E. Smith Jr.

October 8, 1947November 4, 2018
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Cornelius "Curly" Smith

Went to be with the Lord Sunday, November 4, 2018. Born 10/8/47 in Greenwood, SC.

He was a retired Funeral Director/Embalmer, serving West Pasco County since 1971.

He was of Baptist faith, past member of Aripeka Elks #2520 & Spring Hill Eagles.

He enjoyed family first and foremost, wood working and camping.

He is survived by his wife Kim Blackwell Smith, Sons Cornelius III (Lynn), William (Libby),

Bobby Bowman. 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren. Numerous Cousins, Nieces and Nephews.

Preceded in death by Son Howard


  • Visitation Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 9, 2018

Cornelius "Curly" E. Smith Jr.

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Doug Van Etten

November 28, 2018

Camping with Curly and Kim was a true joy! Along with Curly’s good humor and wit, which several people have committed on, Curly always had a batch of boiled peanuts to eat and a cold Busch beer to drink. Sitting around the campfire with Curly was always a hoot as he often told jokes and funny stories.

Although Curly was never an officer of the law, he always supported the men and women who served. I remember him telling stories of his younger days when he would “ride along” with some of the Sheriff deputies in Pasco county. Recently, Curly and I would faithfully watch “Live PD” and frequently text during the program commenting on one scene or another. Live PD bingo was a favorite of ours and he would often out bingo me. Curly enjoyed listening to his police scanner, which came in very handy during the Live PD episodes.

Curly touched so many lives in so many ways, he will be missed by all.

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Deana Van Etten

November 26, 2018

Curly was my Sunshine and I was his Moonbeam! We were blessed with Curly joining our family when I was a teenager. I couldn’t have asked for a better husband for my sister, his love for her was the love of true soulmates.

His quick wit always kept us laughing. I have such fond memories of all of our many camping trips. He never let me forget about the family camping trip I planned to Stone Mountain, it snowed in April!

I am sad he is no longer with us, but thankful he isn’t suffering any longer. We were blessed to have him in our family and he is very much missed. We have another angel watching over us.

Deana Van Etten

Nancy Carson

November 25, 2018

Curly will be sorely missed as a member of our family. I am thankful for his humor and quick wit which he bestowed on everyone, and the love he showed for us all. We always enjoyed our visits, though too few, because of the miles that separated us.
I most thankful to him for the way he loved my sister and how devoted he was to her and our family.
Curly has left a lasting legacy and a place in our hearts that will endure....... until we meet again!
Nancy Carson

Maureen Mulhill

November 14, 2018

I know you are in the hands of our heavenly Father. We will all miss you. You showed me what Love is about the way you and Kim were so linked. You prepared her well with strength and Faith.

Gary Blackwell II

November 9, 2018

My fondest memories with Curly will always be our family picnics. Curly never missed one no matter how many hours he worked that week nor how tired he probably was. He always put family first and it surely showed. He loved being there with the family and we almost always shared a good laugh or two. Curly was loving and kind and everyone in the family will dearly miss him. He will always be in our hearts and memories.

Vonnie & Bill Maytum

November 9, 2018

Sad (at the loss of a sincere and dear friend). Glad (at the relief from pain). With each deep breath of renewed life and the acquisition of his well earned angel wings, we envision Curly soaring around his new home and smiling as he meets and greets family and friends who welcome him into the fold. So many stories to share, all delivered in that delightfully dry and witty Georgia accent that let you know he truly cared about you as an individual, not just someone of no importance in his life. He is missed and always will be but would be the first to say, "life goes on, one way or another". Honor his memory and pass on his compassionate nature.
Aunt Vonnie and Uncle Bill

Carla King

November 8, 2018

So sorry to hear about Curly's passing. It has been a long time since I have seen him but I have many cherished memories of our days at Wellwood. My condolences to his family.

David Benjamin

November 7, 2018

I guess I don't show my emotions. I think it's because I showed them all for someone who didn't deserve them. I didn't have a father growing up. It wasn't until about 25 plus years ago that I met the man that I wanted to be. He was somebody to talk to, he would listen without judging you, but he would let you know his opinion. He was my best friends step father. But he was more than that, he was the father we didn't have. Today I am saddened with the news that he went to be with the lord. No more suffering, no more pain, he is with the angels now. RIP daddy, I love you more than you could ever know.

Jim McMichael

November 7, 2018

Curly was an awesome mentor to me, and touched the lives of each family he served. I will remember him as a dedicated Funeral Director and Friend.
Jim McMichael

Francis Ouimette

November 6, 2018

Curly you will certainly be missed. To all of your Family I wish my condolences. Was so sorry to hear of his passing. We had many laughs together at Grace and you were a great boss. Oh and our Facebook rants that’s another thing. Rest In Peace my friend.

Francis Ouimette