Jonathan Ezra Smith, 90, Cynthiana, Ky., formerly of Pendleton County, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at Cedar Ridge Health Campus in Cynthiana.
He was born in Pendleton County on Feb. 3, 1923, and was a son of the late Jacob Paul and Daisy Wilson Harper Smith. On Aug. 28, 1999, he married Garnetta Ward Scott Smith, and his dear wife survives his passing.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 54 years, Yuelta Fern Flynn Smith on Dec. 22, 1997.
He spent his life taking care of his family and serving his church, community, and country and loved farming. Formerly, he had also served as Deputy Sheriff of Pendleton County, a mail carrier with the United States Postal Service, a Pendleton County school bus driver, a Butternut Bread truck driver, an employee of the Newport Steel Mill, and an accountant with the former Bob Roth Oil Company of Falmouth. He was a member of Falmouth United Methodist Church, a U.S. Army veteran
of World War II
, a lay minister serving Pendleton, Harrison, Bracken, and Campbell counties, a Kentucky Colonel, a Past Gideon, a past commander and member of the Hardin- Browning Post #109, a member of the Orion Lodge #222 F & A M, a member of the Farm Bureau Board, and a member of the Soil Conservation Board.
He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Ruby Glass, Mabel Bruin, and Hazel Kabler, and three brothers, Raymond ""Jack"" Smith, Kenneth ""Pete"" Smith and Forrest ""Bud"" Smith.
In addition to his wife, Garnetta Scott Smith, he is survived by four children, Carol (David) Mains, Falmouth, Glenda (Charles) Cummins, Ft. Mitchell, Ky., Jonathan Smith Jr., Lexington, Ky., and James Rick (Patricia) Smith of Louisville, Ky.; four step-children, Linda (Kenny) Smiley, John Russell (Barbara) Scott, Jerry Lee Scott, and Cindy (Ronnie) Earle, all of Cynthiana; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Virginia (Earl) Wills of Independence, Ky.; one brother, Lawrence Andrew (Vivian Holmes) Smith of North Vernon, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Mabel Haley Smith of Rushville, Ind.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 18 at Falmouth United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jackson Brewer and the Rev. Patricia Smith officiating. Special music was shared by Darryl Ammerman and Adarin Williams. Interment with full military honors by the Hardin-Browning Post #109 took place in the Sunrise Cemetery, Harrison County.
Serving as pallbearers were: Jacob Smith, Joey Heck, Jim Wilson, David Mains, Charles Cummins, Jeremiah Smith, Caleb Smith, and Todd McCall.
Honorary pallbearers were: Sam Porter, George Lach, and members of the Hardin-Browning Post #109.
Memorials are suggested to the Hardin-Browning Post #109 or Hospice of the Bluegrass.www.woodheadfuneralhome.com