Carrol Edward "Smitty" Smith, age 86, of Orestes, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Carrol was born in Orestes on November 15, 1933, the eldest son of Ara "Ed" and Arlene (Cox) Smith. Carrol attended Orestes School and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1951. After high school he enlisted into the US Navy from 1952 to 1957, where he served during the Korean War. While Carrol was a sailor, he married the love of his life, Twila (Stevens) in Elwood on Nov. 29, 1953. They shared 59 years of marriage together before Twila passed away on Oct. 24, 2012.
Carrol retired from GM Fisher Body in 1988 after 30 years of service. After retirement Carrol was able to enjoy his family and many hobbies. Carrol wintered in Florida, enjoyed fishing on Diamond Lake, bowled on several bowling leagues, and was the biggest fan at his grandchildren and great grandchildren's athletic activities. If Carrol wasn't at sporting events, he was watching Cubs baseball or the IU Hoosiers basketball team on TV.
Carrol was a faithful member of Orestes Christian Church, Knights of Pythias of Indiana (PGC), DOKK of Indiana, over 50 years member of the Masonic Lodge 32nd Degree, VFW, UAW and the American Legion. God, Family, Country meant everything to Carrol. He was opinionated, stubborn, a story-teller, and always showed the culminating love for everyone.
Left to cherish Carrol's memory are his daughters, Diala (David) Roe, Rhonda (Gary) Ramsey and Traci (Steve) Harvey, son, Michael Smith, grandchildren, Andy (Nikki) Foor, Adawn (Kurtis) Nash, La'Kisha (Michael) Foor, Dr. Josetta (Carter) Gregg Herndon, Matthew (Katelyn) Smith, Jennifer Smith, Stephanie (Jeremy) Smith, Tyler (Hayley) Harvey & Morgan Harvey, great grandchildren, Alyssa (Aaron) Haas, Gavin Pelsor, Koby Delaplane, Nicholas Plunkett, Nathaniel Mangas, Quintin Herndon & Lucas Harvey, sister in laws, Valara Smith & Trudella (Ralph) Haulk, special niece, Kathy (Rob) Lawhorn, special friends, Rev. Courtley & Rita Granger, several nieces & nephews.
Carrol was preceded in death by his parents, Ara "Ed" & Arlene Smith, wife, Twila Smith, daugher & son in law, Terrie & Karl Gregg, sister & brother in laws, Joyce "Sis" & Jack Northern, Sharon & Jim LaShure, Crystal "Sue" & Butch Casto, brother & sister in law, James "Wendell" & Roberta Smith, brother, Marvin "Moke" Smith, sister, Judith Smith, brother, Brodie Leo Smith, sister & brother in law, John & Sue Stevens, sister & brother in law, Geniece & Pete Ponder, many special cousins, friends, and even a few nieces & nephews.
Funeral service celebrating Carrol's life will be at 11:00 am Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Dunnichay Funeral Home, Elwood, Indiana with Pastor Don Smothers officiating. Burial will follow in the K. of P. and I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Frankton with full military services provided by the US Navy and the Elwood VFW American Honor Guard.
Visitation will be Wednesday, from July 15, 2020, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, at Dunnichay Funeral Home, 1113 S. Anderson Street, Elwood, Indiana.
Out of respect for personal and public safety, current social distancing regulations will apply and appropriate face coverings are suggested.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Orestes Christian Church.
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