Clay Lewis Smith Sr.
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72, of Newcomerstown, died Monday, April 8, 2013 in Coshocton Memorial Hospital following a period of declining health.
A son of the late Clarence George and Erma Grace (Tanner) Smith, Clay was born Aug. 14, 1940 at Frazeysburg, Ohio. He graduated from Port Washington High School and was a veteran of the United States Army. Clay worked as a truck driver prior to his retirement; a career in which he found great joy. He enjoyed being outdoors and especially driving through the countryside while enjoying the beauty of his surroundings. Most importantly, Clay cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Mona Jean (Elliott) Smith whom he married on Aug. 20, 1961; his children, Catherine C. (Raymond) Meek of Coshocton, Constance A. (James) Nicolozakes of Cambridge, Clay L. Smith Jr. of Newcomerstown and Jessica R. (Scott) Stowers of Newcomerstown; his grandchildren, Aaron L. Taylor of Virginia, Brittany and Courtney Meek, both of Coshocton, Hannah E. Chaney and Elena C. and Demi C. Nicolozakes, both of Cambridge, Travis L. Smith of Fresno and Kezdynn M., Koehlar B. Kahnnor R. and Krandon J. Stowers, all of Newcomerstown; three great-grandchildren, Jordan P. Murray, Devon R. Taylor and Emma L. Hepner; a brother, Clyde Smith; three sisters, Carolyn McCoy, Thelma Herron and Dina Smith; and many nieces and nephews. Clay was preceded in death his parents and a sister, Myrtle Dowdle.
In keeping with Clay's wishes cremation will take place through the care of Geib's Tuscarawas Valley Crematory at Dover and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Those wishing to do so may send the family a personal condolence and light a candle in remembrance of Clay by visiting the funeral home website, www.geibcares.com. Memorial contributions can be made Clay's memory to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.
Published in The Times Reporter on Apr. 10, 2013