Eric Brian Smith, Sr.

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Eric Brian Smith Sr. lovingly known as “Rick or Ricky”, was born in Morgantown, WV on July 24, 1963 as the 2nd son (3rd child) of Carl J. Smith Sr. and Patricia L. Isom. On March 1, 2023, he passed away at the age of 59, peacefully at home, following Congestive Heart Failure.

Rick grew up in Morgantown West Virginia and he also grew up in Detroit Michigan. He graduated from Morgantown High School in 1981. He later moved to Columbus, Ohio and was employed at Discover Card Services for 18 years as a Collections Specialist, Collections Team Lead and as a Trainer. He also spent 10 years coaching basketball at Barnett Recreational Center and various Columbus Nike Basketball Leagues and as a Champion Coach for the Eastland Vikings.

He was a Computer Specialist, a die-hard Dallas Cowboy fan and a man of the people.

Rick is preceded in death by his parents; Carl Smith and Patricia Isom, brothers; Carl Smith Jr., Mark Peterson, and sister; Maya Bledsoe.

Rick leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife; Billi Smith, sons; William Darnell (Jonathan) Fryer, Eric Smith Jr., Dallas Smith, daughter; D’Erica Smith, granddaughter; Melody Smith, sisters; Demetria (Ernest) Summers, Alicia Smith, Sharmille Smith, Jamie Scott and Shallon Johnson, brothers; Rodney Smith and Michael Cranford and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Deborah McLeod

    Thinking of you and your family, Billi. Peace be with you at this time.

  2. Billi I’m sending love to you Dallas and Derica and your family in this difficult time .Life is a journey of sweetness and sorrow,of yesterday’s memories and hope for tomorrow,of pathways we choose and detours we face, with patience and laughter, courage and grace,of fun that we’ve shared and people we’ve met Who have touched us in ways we’ll never forget as you go through this sad time always know it’s so many that care.. love ya

  3. Sheila McCall

    Billi and family my condolences to all of you. May peace be among each of you in the time of your lost of your love one.❤️

  4. Sally Kay Waters

    Oh Billi,
    I’m sending you and your Family all the love my heart holds. I will miss Eric.

  5. Carl James Smith 3rd

    I miss u uncle Rick sorry I can’t make it but I will always love u u will not be forgotten and I love u ant billi dallas derica stay strong we will get through this just know that he is in a better place now with his brother and dad we will see him again soon after life love u guy’s

  6. Joyce Stephens-Johnson

    Prayers and condolences for the family. I grew up with the Smith family on White Ave in Morgantown WV. I hadn’t seen Ricky for many many years but remember the good times we had growing up. May you hold memories of him

  7. Karen D Fuller

    To the family I send my prayers and condolences to you. I’m not able to attend but know that I feel your pain in my heart. May you find peace knowing that he’s in God’s hands now. Sleep on Nephew Eric till we meet again one day in paradise. Love always, Aunt Penny

  8. Billi we’re praying for your family during this time and want you to know we’re here if you need anything.

  9. J. David Hatcher

    Spent some teen years with you back in Morgantown. You had a darn good jump shot!

    Condolences to the family. Rest in Peace, Smitty.

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