Rodney Neal Smith

February 21, 1945 ~ October 8, 2021 (age 76)


On October 9, 2021, surrounded by family Rodney Neal Smith went home to be with our Lord after a brief illness.  “Rod”, as he was affectionately known, was born February 21, 1945.  He later joined the navy where he served mainly on the west coast.

Rod’s work would take him coast to coast, working in security.  Coal mining and finally with the railroad, where he retired.  Rod loved spending time with his grandkids and spending time in his “Train Room.”  In retirement, Rod served as a volunteer fireman in Belfry, Kentucky until his death. 

Rod is preceded in death by his parents Orison and Ollie Smith of Runyon Branch, Ky.  Also, his wife Cathy Jean Smith of Speedwell, Tennessee. 

Rod is survived by his loving wife Sharon Lynn Smith of Huddy, Kentucky.  Son, Rodney and Samantha Smith of Speedwell, Tennessee.  Also, a Daughter Robyn Blair of Tn., a son Jacob and Natasha Welborn of Huddy, Kentucky.  His loving grandkids:  Gavin, Noah, Zoey, Lexie and Rosie. Rod’s surviving brothers and sisters:  Ronnie Smith of Port Huron, Michigan,  Sandra Blackburn, Janice(Kenneth) Smith both from Sidney, Kentucky, Judy Smith of Huddy, Kentucky, Jeffery and Verna Smith and Jennifer Varney also of Pinsonfork, Kentucky.  A dear friend Yogi. 

Rod, you will be forever loved and forever missed.  The babies are forever grateful they had you as a Paw Paw.  You were the best husband, Father and Paw Paw we had ever known.  Be in Peace, be in love and be in happiness with our Lord and Father.  May He have a “Train Room” you can forever tinker in.  We love you forever.

Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, Would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.  John 14: 1-3.

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