William Marshall Smith

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William “Bill” Marshall Smith was born November 27, 1930 in Chillicothe, Ohio and went home to be with the Lord on Friday afternoon, January 1, 2021.

Bill is survived by daughter, Renee (Roderick) Jones; brother, James R. Smith Jr.; sister, Marian Castlin; grandchildren, Rico Paige and Riane Paige; nephews, James R. (Pam) Smith III, Mark (Valerie) Smith, Steven (Teresa) Smith and Dan (Lisa) Holliman; niece, Derre (Tobey) Attia and a host of extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by parents, James Robert and Erma D. (Jones) Smith; sister, Erma Jean Smith; sister-in-law Iris Smith and brother-in-law Bill Castlin.

Bill served in, the United States Army and was stationed in Munich, Germany from 1952 to 1954 and was released with an honorable discharge. Bill was a member of the elite Cavalier’s Club in the 1960’s. He was a salesman at General Tire for many years and later started and operated his own successful asphalt and paving business, Avery Asphalt Company until the early 2000’s.

Bill loved to travel in his early years and enjoyed an annual trip to the Mardi Gras. A great negotiator, storyteller and conversationalist who loved his roots in Chillicothe. A self-made craftsman who made everything from jewelry boxes, to gun holsters; and an avid hunter and fisherman who would proudly share his achievements – “three shots; three turkeys.”

Bill was a long-time member of New Salem Baptist Church and attended regularly until he moved into a long-term care facility where he enjoyed bingo, puzzles and socializing with the other residents. He continued serving the Lord by comforting other residents and encouraging them to have a closer relationship with the Lord and participate in monthly communion.

Bill will be greatly missed by family and friends!

Private Visitation 1:00 PM and Private Funeral Service 2:00 PM Thursday, January 7, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Masks and Social Distancing are required.

Interment at Eastlawn Cemetery. To stream the service, read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to The SMITH Family, visit www.TheChapelofPeace.com

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  1. I’ve had the pleasure of being an old neighbor and Mr Smith, since 1997. He was a very strong and opinionated man, whom voiced his opinion a lot. This did not get us off to a very good start. Over the years, I realised this “tough guy” meant well and I opened up and received all the blessings of his friendship, mentorship and even craftsmanship. I will forever be grateful for Mr Smith and his insight. Rest Well Sir…..

  2. On Behalf Of The Jamison Family We Send Our Condolences As Well As Prayers To The Family Of Smitty.I Have Nothing But Love 4 Him Grow’n Up He Employed Me Every Summer ,Taught Me Life Lesson & Help Mold Me In To A Man RIH My Brother

  3. Revds.' Norman & Annette Barber

    To Renee and Family. With Heartfelt Sympathy. Praying for you and the Family as the LORD comfort’s you and the Family with his Love and fill you with his Peace that only he can do. Peace I leave you: My Peace I give you. John 14:27 NIV. I ( Annette ) lived next door to your Grandparents and Mom on Leonard Ave. I knew your Dad and Mom, and remember when you were born. It has been years, but, I am sending you our gift of LOVE from Edmond, Oklahoma.
    Revds. Norman & Annette Cochran Barber.

    • I remember the Cochran family as being great neighbors to my grandmother. I remember the garages! Thank you for your condolences.

  4. I’m sorry to hear about your father. I was in the care group that met every Thursday morning and shared a lot of laughs.

  5. Cousin Eunice Jones Foster-Lowe

    To Na Na, Tug, Sockey and Family,
    May you find comfort in the knowledge that the Almighty God, The Great Comforter, will provide all your needs in the days and years to come. Be blessed by the memories you have of your father and brother.
    Rest in peace cousin Bill!

  6. To The Bill Smith family,
    Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforts us in all… 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
    Even though we could not be with you in person, please rest assure we were there in spirit.
    With deep sadness and heart-filled prayers we acknowledge you loss, but heavens gain!
    Love to all,
    Cousin, Victoria Harris & family

  7. May God comfort you during this time of sadness.

  8. Dorothy Ragland

    I am so deeply saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. Please extend my prayers and blessings to the grieving family. We will surely miss his presence at the Valentine-Tanner reunion. Don’t forget to keep our blessed government in your prayers, also. God is love.

  9. Sherry Robertson

    Rest in heaven my Father. I will cherish all the beautiful memories we have shared as Father and Daughter I will continue to use all the valuable wisdom you blessed me with. Thank you for giving me life you will live forever in my heart!!!
    Your daughter,
    Sherry Robertson

  10. Theria Williams

    Mr.Smith I was so saddened to hear if your passing..My Sister your daughter Sherry Robertson informed me of the sad news…I will cherish the fond memories I have of you forever…You were an important part of my life…And a great Stepfather to me and a Great Father to my sister Sherry Robertson…I had lots of fun and enjoyed the fond fun memories and stories I especially will never forget our trip to the Cincinnati Reds Game you took Me Mom and Sherry Robertson too…I will never forget you..R.I.H Mr.Smith..love always Theria…And my heartfelt condolences to my Sister Sherry Robertson your Daughter…❤️❤️

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