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Stephen W. Smith
INMAN, SC-- We are mourning the loss of our beloved Stephen Wendell Smith. Stephen was 38, born on May 25, 1977 in Spartanburg, SC and a resident of Inman, SC. He passed away in his home on Friday August 14, 2015.
Stephen is survived by his mother Susan Hastings Smith, his sister Kelly Ann Smith and her fiancé Tony Smart, his sister Kathryn Smith Black and her husband Chris Black, his sister Amy Smith Green and her husband Dale Green and his brother David Hastings Smith and his fiancée Ivy Gray. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews: Todd Carder, Eric Wall, Eli Smith, Alyssa Black, Lucas Black, Angel Green, Jillian Black, Xander Black and Aaron Carder. Stephen was predeceased by his father Kenneth Wendell Smith.
Stephen attended school at Cooley Springs-Fingerville Elementary, Chesnee High School and held an Associate's Degree for Computer Technology from Spartanburg Community College. Stephen had a genius IQ and was always in gifted and advanced placement classes. He had a passion for learning and a thirst for knowledge. Stephen was a perfectionist and completed each task or project carefully, conscientiously and to the best of his abilities. He could always be counted on to do an excellent job at whatever he set his mind to. He was dependable and trustworthy.
Stephen struggled with diabetes and Aspergers for most of his life and lived with his Mother full time. Despite these adversities, he chose to have a cheerful and positive outlook and was much loved. Stephen was a loyal, kind and unique individual. It took a while to break through his shell, but for those who took the time to get to know him, he would give the shirt off his back. Stephen's closest friends were his family and his community of online friends.
He enjoyed drawing, picnics, hiking out in the woods and mountains, Smith family fun days and conversing and gaming with online friends in his many forums and groups. He had a brilliant mind and was a witty and hu-morous conversationalist and this gained him many loyal friends who loved communicating with him.
Stephen held a lifelong fascination for wolves and had deep respect and love for all animals. Animals and children were drawn to him. He had many pets over the years that he cared lovingly and dili-gently for. Most of the family cats and dogs chose Stephen as their favorite. He was beloved by all his nieces and nephews be-cause he was patient and gentle with them and always took the time to lis-ten and play with them.
Stephen was much loved and will be missed more than we can express. Please join us as we honor him, pay our respects and celebrate the memories of his life. We will have receiving of friends at Eggers of Boiling Springs, SC Friday August 21st from 10:00 to 11:00 am with services directly after in the Eggers Funeral Home Chapel of Boiling Springs. This will be followed by a graveside prayer at Good Shepherd Memorial Park. The family will be at Colburn Hall at Spartanburg Seventh-Day Adventist church following the graveside prayer. Officiating the service will be Stephen's cousin Travis Smith. Pallbearers will be David Smith, Chris Black, Dale Green, Michael Carder, Todd Carder and Tony Smart. Eggers Funeral Home, Boiling Springs, SC
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2015
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