Kwane Smith


Kwane Smith, 51, Gained his wings on November 25, 2022. Kwane was born on January 15, 1971 to William and Bonnie Smith. He was affectionately known as K Love, Uncle Huggy, and Coach Smith.

Kwane graduated from Mifflin High School in 1989. He worked as a pre-K instructional assistant, community recreation center aide, numerous coaching, and volunteer programs.

Kwane enjoyed cooking; he was known for his culinary skills. Everyone loved his mac’n’cheese, seafood pasta salad and greens. He also loved traveling. He made it his goal to take a cruise every year. He was inclined to see the world.

Kwane was a huge Broncos, Lakers, and Michigan fan. On the weekends, and game days he would cheer for his favorite sports team with friends and family.

Kwane was a loving son, father, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend. Kwane’s smile and laugh were contagious, and those who knew him could expect to be entertained with laughter and jokes and sometimes be the subject of the punchline because he was hilarious.

Kwane is preceded in death by parents, William and Bonnie Smith; first wife, Juanita Tinsley-Smith; and daughter, Miasha Valentine Tinsley.

Kwane is survived by fiancé, Stacey Williams; son, Warren (Prachelle) Tinsley; children, Jhanae’ McCoy, DeNe’zha and Osheana Clarett; grandchildren, Amora Bella Juanita Perrin, Janelle and Jonathan Pinkins; sisters, Timolyn “Teechy” Smith, Debbie (Charles) Harris and Dana (Ronald) Aekins; brothers, Kenyan (Catriece) Smith and Gary Smith; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation 12:00pm and Funeral 1:00pm Monday, December 5, 2022 at Trinity Baptist Church, 461 St Clair Ave.

Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.


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Condolence Messages

  1. We would like to extend our condolences to the family.
    May God comfort you through his word the Bible and the gift of prayer. With caring thoughts.

  2. Kenyan,

    Prayers and Condolences for you and your family.

  3. To William and Teechy!!!, I’m so sorry for the passing of Kwane, sending my condolences to you guys and your family

    With love always
    Sherry Walton

  4. Kristin Whiting

    I worked with Knane “Mr. Smith” at Moler Elementary for the past 10 years. He will be greatly missed by the staff, students, and families at Moler, as well as the Early Childhood Education Department of Columbus City Schools. He was a kind a loving man, patient, affectionately known as a “Gentle Giant.” Children both loved and respected him. Prayers for all his friend and family.
    May our Father in Heaven grant our friend and comrade eternal peace.

  5. I only knew you for a short time but thank you being a good step father to Miasha and a grandfather to Amora. I appreciate you for always being a kind and gentle man even when Warren and Teri Montgomery tried to rob from you, myself, Miasha and Amora.

  6. Cornell Bradberry

    Cornell Bradberry
    My prayers my condolences too the whole family and particularly his son the Lord Jesus to wipe away all the tears and give you strength for the next day and days to come truly he was a nice and good person and friend he would be truly missed by all of us rest in peace my brother❤

  7. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the Smith family! Kwane was an amazing person and will truly be missed! Praying for your comfort and strength.

  8. My condolences to the family I am so sorry for your loss. Kwane was such a kindhearted person I will truly miss him. Sending Angels to help through this hard time.

  9. Juliet Blackenberry

    I’m truly at a loss for words. Deepest and sincere condolences to the family. Thinking of you all. Rest In Heaven, my friend.

  10. I have NO WORDS MY GOD…He was the most BEAUTIFUL SOUL I have EVER MET and I am just so lost by this reality. I PRAY for ALL who have been touched by his heart, his grace and his God giving hugs that I will NEVER forget that always made my day better person! I always looked forward to seeing him at Moler…his Love for God will TRULY be stamped in everybody who knew him and what he gave and WHO he gave to WILL be appreciated and never forgotten!

  11. Eileen Gripper-Hartgrove

    Amazing how me , jasmine and Semira just saw you three weeks ago at our volleyball practices. Rest easy lil brother!! Condolences to your family!

  12. My heart is broken I pray for my family and loved ones God bless and keep him

  13. CRPD Commissioner, Alvis Moore

    My prayers and condolences are extended to the Smith families. He was a well-loved and greatly respected pillar of our communities. His life and love continues in the hearts and minds of all of us who were touched by his genuine love and unwavering kindness. We will always celebrate his life.

  14. Mr and Mrs John Mattison

    Prayers and compassionate condolences for the entire Smith family in this time of need. May all find an inner peace, love, and harmony moving forward in your lives. One love…

  15. To the Smith Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I knew Mr. Smith from Moler. My great nephew Isaiah went there last year for pre K. The school his brothers went to did not have pre K so he headed to school by himself. But he wasn’t by himself because Mr. Smith was there to greet him with a smile each morning. He would often bring him out to the car when his class dismissed. He made sure he got where he needed to go. As school went on Isaiah was always excited and happy to see Mr. Smith welcoming him. I was thankful for Mr. Smith who helped Isaiah’s first school experience be a great success. He definitely will be missed.
    God be with you always and especially during this difficult time

  16. John and Trina (Harmon) Branham

    I grew up with Kwane in Brunswick Estates neighborhood so he was a definite neighborhood brother of mine. His laughter was highly contagious and he was comical too. My husband remembers him as one cool dude. My family and I send our condolences to the entire family. May you all feel God’s love, comfort and peace ❤️

  17. Mr.Smith and I worked together at Moler Elementary for 6 years. I was the teacher and he was the Full-time Instructional Assistant respectfully. The students loved him and he loved the kids. Hr was such a patient, calm and mellow person to work alongside with. I am truly sorry to know he has passed. When others may have went low Mr. Smith always went high. He was respected amongst his colleagues and definitely by me. He loved cooking and bringing us treats, and he loved taking his cruises no matter what! He loved his daughter and granddaughter so much! I recently moved from Moler but, I still often remembered his kindness towards me and I checked in to see how was doing. I was hoping to reach out to again. God Bless the family and may he be at peace with his soul and with the Lord by his side.
    Angela Pinkins

  18. To my dear friend Mr. Smith I am so saddened that your gone. I worked with Mr. Smith at Moler Elementary for 6 years as the PreK teacher. He was the full time Instructional Assistant, We worked well together. He was such a calm, and parent man. He loved the students and they loved him back. He loved cooking and taking his cruises. He even talked me into talking one too. I recently moved to another school but I checked in to see how he was. I was hoping to do so again. Well he is with the Lord and at peace in his heart. God bless the family. He was highly respected and he will be sorely missed. My prayers and condolences go out yo the family. May the Lord be with you.

  19. I also worked at Moler with Mr.Smith the past 5 years. I will always remember him as being one of the kindest people in the building. His students loved him so much. Whenever I had kindergarteners who had Mr. Smith as a teacher, they would always ask for him and run to give him hugs when they saw him in the hallway. He will be greatly missed by both students and staff.

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