Obituary for Richard “Dick” Smith Richard G. “Dick” Smith, 77, passed away July 29, 2018 at Hospice Care Center, Lexington, Kentucky. Born in Paragould, Greene County, Arkansas, July 23, 1941, the son of the late J. Lee and Miriam (Beck) Smith, Richard G. Smith moved to Flint, Michigan, in 1944 with his family. He attended Bendle Public Schools in Burton, Michigan. Richard worked in the General Motors Parts Division, Flint, for 30 years, retiring in 1988 as payroll clerk for 800 employees. He married Sally (Ostrander) Whaley in 1975 and lived in Flint until retirement when they moved to Rowlett, Texas, and spent summers at Leisure Lake, Durand, Michigan. In 2014 he moved to Georgetown, Kentucky. As a teenager he learned the skills of interior decorating from his dad and painting became his passion. Over the years his gift to his church, his family and friends became the paint brush and he covered many miles of walls with bright clean paint to express his love and friendship. In addition, he often dropped by his doctors’ offices or financial institution, and other offices, with boxes of warm doughnuts or hot pizza to show his appreciation for their services. He had great love for music and sang in the choir of First Presbyterian Church, Flint, for 25 years, many of which were under the illustrious choirmaster William Renneckar. Words thrilled him and he wrote poetry which he included with favorite quotes and scripture and published as booklets that he shared with friends and family. Lincoln Park Baptist Church, Flint, was his home church. He is survived by his sons Kevin R. Smith (Josefina) and granddaughters Jennifer, Tiffany and Kristi, Lawton, Oklahoma, and Craig S. Smith and granddaughter Kristin, Stuart, Florida; his sister Winnie (Smith) Bratcher and nephew S. Kris Bratcher, Georgetown Kentucky; niece Vicki (Gerald) Watson, Zionsville, Indiana; niece Rebecca (Steve) Laxton, Charlotte North Carolina; niece Mimi (Adams) Matthews, Mt. Morris, Michigan; sister-in-law Rose (Benton) Smith, and two nieces Brenda Smith and Brunella (Greg) Record of Fort Worth, Texas; his first wife M. Sue (Nichols) Armstead, mother of his children, Canton, Michigan; step-children Randy (Mena) Whaley, and step-granddaughter, Ashley, Plano Texas, Susan (Whaley) Sherouse and step-grandson Jimmy, Rowlett, Texas, and Tim S. Whaley, Rowlett; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his second wife (2002) Rowlett; brother Robert L. Smith (2010) Fort Worth; sister Alline (Smith) Adams (2004) and brother-in-law Roy G. Adams (2001) both of Flint; nephew, Michael Q. Adams (2014) Fort Worth; niece Melinda (Adams) Reif (2016) Bernie, Missouri; and brother-in-law Stuart “Wes” Bratcher (2012) Georgetown. Memorial service with burial will be at Sunset Hills and River Rest Cemeteries, Flint Michigan. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the spiritual support and guidance provided by Rev. Dr. Greg Earwood. Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson’s Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be expressed at www.johnsonsfuneralhome.com. Afficher cette page en : Français Traduire Désactiver pour : Anglais Options ▼
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Richard Green Dick Smith 1941 2018.
Death notice for the town of: Georgetown, state: Kentucky