Gary Phillip Smith

GARY PHILLIP SMITH Mr. Gary Phillip Smith, 76, died January 29, 2014 at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. Gary was born in Vero Beach and lived here his whole life. He was a graduate of Vero Beach High School, Class of 1955 and attended the University of Florida in Gainesville. Gary owned and operated G&B Tomatoes in Vero Beach since 1976 and he retired in 2004. Prior to owning his company, he worked for Matthew's TV in Vero Beach. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Vero Beach. Gary was a devoted volunteer for the Shining Light Garden Foundation, Inc., Habitat for Humanity and was a long time supporter of Shiloh Youth Ranch, Sebastian, FL. Survivors include son, Ellis Smith and wife Teri of Vero Beach; daughters, Jenny Yingling and fiannce, Donnie Guthrie of Palm City, FL and Melissa Becker and husband, Jeff of Evans, GA; grandsons, Adam and Chad Yingling, Christian Fuentes and Alex and Eric Becker; granddaughters, Ashley Young, Sarah Smith and Kelsey Yingling; great-grandson Hunter Margiatta; brother James Smith and wife, Sandy of Vero Beach and sister, Anita Eveskcige of Branford, CT. Gary was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Barbara "Queenie" Smith; brother, Donald E. Smith and sister, Patricia Hardin. Memorial contributions may be made to Shining Light Garden Foundation, Inc. 6865 33rd Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32967 in memory of Gary P. Smith. A memorial service will be held 4:00 PM , Saturday, February 8, 2014 the First Baptist Church, Vero Beach with Rev. Michael Carter officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. An online guest book is available at

Funeral Home

Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory
916 17th Street  Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 562-2325

Published in the TC Palm from Feb. 4 to Feb. 6, 2014