Jill C. Smith
1958 - 2021
Ware Funeral Home
121 West Second Street
Chillicothe, OH
Jill C. Smith

Chillicothe - Jill C. Smith, 63, of Chillicothe, passed from this life on Friday evening, July 9, 2021 at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus following an extended illness and courageous fight.

She was born April 10, 1958 in Chillicothe to the late Myron C. and Wilda L. (Bayless) Lynch. On August 9, 1986 she was united in marriage to Lanny W. Smith.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son Lane C. Smith of Chillicothe, sisters Wilda R. (James) Arnold of Westerville, Paula J. Teacher of Columbus, Diane K. Smith of Chillicothe; a brother Jeffery (Janette) Lynch of St. Petersburg, Florida; brothers-in-law Gregory (Kay Muthana) Smith, Bruce Smith and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brothers and sisters-in-law Myron C. Lynch, Jr. and his wife Naomi, James R. Lynch, Javine Smith Artis, two nieces and three nephews.

Jill graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1976, received her degree in education from the University of Oklahoma and graduate degree from the University of Southern California.

She taught sign language and other various subjects and also coached volleyball and track in the Chillicothe School District, and was Assistant Athletic Director at Smith Middle School until her health failed her. She started the Sign Language club at Smith Middle School to mainstream hearing impaired students. She was also an adjunct Professor teaching sign language at Ohio University, Chillicothe. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church and attended Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church.

She was an avid sports fan and loved her Oklahoma Sooners, USC Trojans and the Buffalo Bills; she was also a trivia fan, loved music and movies. Above all, she loved her family and her students and she will be dearly missed by all of those she touched.

Funeral services will be held on Friday July 16 at 1:00 pm at Zion Baptist Church with Rev Dr. Troy Gray and Rev. Victor Davis presiding. Friends may call at the church from 11:00 am until the start of the service. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery. The family has requested that, if you plan to attended the service, please wear a mask and observe social distancing.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ware Funeral Home.

You may sign her online register at www.warefh.com

Published by Chillicothe Gazette from Jul. 12 to Jul. 14, 2021.
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Lanny I just saw that Jill passed. I very sorry for you and Lane. Call me when you can. 864-315-0074
Terry Weaver
July 28, 2021
To the Smith and Lynch Family. Please accept my condolences fr Jill's passing. Jill and I were good friends in high school. Both graduated in 1976. My prayers are with you.
Bernard Williams
July 26, 2021
Lanny, I was so sorry tohear of your wife's passing. Blessings and prayers for you and your family.
Tony Sturgeon
July 20, 2021
My thoughts and prayers for everyone who deeply love Jill. She was a wonderful person inside and out.
Holly Wrightsel
July 17, 2021
How sad I am to hear of your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with the Lynch family.
Mary Holman (Peachie Ragland)
July 15, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to you and Lane. Remembering Jill with fondness. Remembering also the kids at Ruth and Pastor´s. Keeping you in our prayers.
John and Becky Emerine
July 14, 2021
Dear sweet Jill, such a wonderful person. My sympathy and prayers for Lanny and Lane, and all who love her. I am so saddened by this. She was my purple hat lady. I will truly miss her.
Jenni Walters
July 14, 2021
So sorry to hear about your wife´s passing. Praying for God´s grace and peace to surround you.
Frankie Lemaster
July 14, 2021
Lanny and Lane, I was so sorry to hear about Jill. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Working with her was the highlight of my teaching career.
Karen Mitchell, Pensacola, FL
July 14, 2021
May God embrace you Lanny and the rest of your family and friends.So very sorry to learn of Jill´s passing.Alice and I will keep your family in our prayers.Jill has left a legacy that you are very proud of and you should be.Even though we haven´t seen each other in years our love remains the same.May God help you through this difficult time!Hope to see you again.Friends forever.Pat
Pat Spriggs
July 13, 2021
Lanny, sorry to hear of Jill´s passing. Know that you will miss her tremendously. The only comfort is through the Lord. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Jim Garrett
Jim Garrett
July 12, 2021
So sorry for ur loss
John & carolyn kyle
July 12, 2021
Lanny and family, i am so sorry for your loss. Will be keeping you in my thoughts.
Ruth McRoberts
July 12, 2021
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