Randy E. Smith

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On the late afternoon of Monday, January 23, 2023, Randy Eugene Smith passed away peacefully,
surrounded by family and friends at the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was 45
years of age.

Randy (Gene) attended Centennial High School in Columbus, Ohio and played on the football team.
He was a very smart and articulate young man. He enjoyed writing short stories and had hoped to
publish them one day. Gene was a hard worker and spent most of his years working in the food service

He was very proud of his heritage and the Milo Grogan community that he grew up in. Although he
moved away, the Milo neighborhood was always close to his heart. Gene was a peaceful and loving
person that enjoyed having fun and making people laugh. His personality drew many friends that
enjoyed his company and humor. If you knew him well, you would know that he was a true fan of both
the Chicago Bears and the OSU football teams – Go Bucks!

Gene was a true girl dad! He spent quality time with his beautiful daughters and grandchildren;
teaching and inspiring them to be the best they could be. His late daughter, Unique (Munchie) was
especially close to him; she was the apple of his eye and brought him so much joy. Gene was a loyal
man who loved his family and made sure that they were protected and cared for.

His two best friends were Portia, whom he had a long-lasting relationship of 26 years, and his favorite
first cousin, Tobias. They were both a blessing to his life and dear to his heart.

Gene was baptized at Triedstone Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio. He made a confession of his
belief in the Lord, Jesus Christ with his grandmother and mother before his passing at OSU Hospital.
Gene was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 5, 1977. He was the oldest son of Charlene Gause and
Randy Harper.

Preceded in death by father, Randy Harper; daughter, Unique Robinson; grandmother, Catherine Whisenant; grandfathers; Charles Riley Smith Sr; James Patrick Harper Sr; step-grandfathers, Walter Whisenant and Spencer Berger; brother, Christian Lee Bowers.

Survived by the love of his life, Portia Carey; His beloved mother, Charlene (Jim) Gause;
grandmother, Aileen Smith-Berger; daughters, Kyireshkia Carey; Quotaisha Frazier; grandchildren,
Nakyra, Kevin, Shakyia, Christopher, Jakyla, Tahkyja and Quintavious; brother, Rashawn Smith;
sisters, Charlotta (Will) Smith and Chanelle Smith and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces,
cousins, and close friends.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at Chapel of Peace – East, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Interment at Eastlawn Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Ann Marie Jordan - Parries

    I am so sorry for your loss! May God be with your family during this time. May God bless all of you.

  2. Sending Heartfelt Prayers to the Family.
    Much Love

  3. Sorry for your loss we will be praying for your family

  4. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family. May the God of all comfort help to ease the pain of your grief. Sharing your sadness.

  5. Sorry for your loss may you have comfort in knowing others are praying for you.
    God hates death; he views it as an enemy. ( 1Corinthians 15:26 )He has a longing to conquer that enemy, to undo death by means of the resurrection. He yearns to bring back those who are in his memory and to see them live on earth again. Job 14: 14,15.

  6. The Moore family continues to lift the family up in prayer. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.

  7. Rehoboth Temple Praise Team/Male Chorus

    To the Smith family: The Rehoboth Temple Praise Team and Male Chorus extend to you our heartfelt love, prayers, and condolences. Many of us have sat in the seat in which you are now sitting and we can honestly say that we understand the pain. But we know that GOD isn’t leaving you comfortless. Indeed, HE is comforting you and keeping you. Know that we love you and stand ready to help with anything if you need us.

  8. Commissioner Alvis James Moore

    The Berger-Smith families are pillars at Rehoboth Temple Church and it’s communities. Randy demonstrated that influence during his lifetime. His love for GOD and family adorned him like an expertly tailored suit. And he inherited the family’s heart-warming trademark smile. Nevertheless, in the words of the great novelist and poet, George Eliot, ““Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them”. None of us will forget Randy and the kindness, love and joyous times he gave. I am praying for and with the family.

  9. Sending prayers and sincere condolences to you Charlotta and your mom Randy was still that lil kid on 2nd Ave whenever I’d see him and he would always smile and give me a hug. Always pleasant and silly. May he rest forever peacefully. One of Milo/2nd Ave kids always
    Markiya, Greg Latham, James, Ralph and Thurman

  10. To the family of Randy Smith, I’m truly sorry for your loss. I just found out about his passing no to long ago. Charlene, may you find comfort and peace in the memories of him. Prayers, up for the family. Sending my love to the family. Donna Hawkins

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