Friday, June 4, 2021

Ronald "Gene" Smith, Jr. (May 28, 2021)

Ronald "Gene" Smith, Jr., 61, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on May 28, 2021, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana.

Gene was born on August 30, 1959, in Greenville, to Ronald and Betty (Thompson) Smith of Greenville.

Gene was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Walters in 2017.

Gene was many things to many people; a great husband and father, reliable friend. He always provided for his family and would never let them go without anything. He loved golfing. His favorite place in the world is Hilton Head Island, where he would go every year. He enjoyed the Great Darke County Fair and parked cars for 15 years. He was Darla's "Cookie Monster", Oreo cookies were his absolute favorite. His loves were his children and grandchildren; his heart was his pet children, Cuddles and Oreo.

Gene is survived by his wife of 14 years, Darla (Roth) Smith, whom he married May 26, 2007; his children, Dustin Smith of Greenville, Andrew (Jeeni) Walters, of Plum Branch, South Carolina, and Crystal (Lucas) Skeens, of Plum Branch; his grandchildren, Josilynne Smith, Azya Walters, Maddalyn Walters, Samantha Skeens, Kohen Kolb, Kenzie Kolb, Braydon Skeens and Graycelynn Walters; his siblings, Debra (Jeffrey) Steele of Troy, Ohio, Gary (Elizabeth) Smith of Troy, and Lori (Don) Brown of Lewisburg, Ohio; countless neices, nephews and friends.

A celebration of Gene's life will be held at 12 Noon on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Fireside Resort, 6236 Shade Road, Greenville, Ohio.

Following Gene's memorial service, there will be a reception and time to visit and fellowship until 4PM.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Friends of the Shelter, 5066 County Home Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

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Tribute Funeral Homes is serving the family.