A longtime Benham city official who served as mayor for 14 years died Saturday after a brief illness.
Floyd "Oswald" Smith, 87, of Benham, died Oct. 4, 2003, at Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital.
He was a lifelong resident of the Tri-City area and a member of the Benham Methodist Church. He retired from International Harvester in Benham after 42 years of service. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Methodist men's Association and Board member of the Benham Coal Museum. He was a former Benham City Council member and was mayor for several terms.
Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline Conner Smith, Benham; five daughters: Pam Shanks and husband, Greg, Harlan; Lisa Maggard and husband, Carlos, Cumberland; Vickie Myers and husband, Doug, Somerset; Barbara Ann Smith, Houston; and Edna Young, Corbin; three sons: Dennis Smith, Miakka, Fla.; Dan Murphy and wife, Pat, Lexington; and Kenneth Murphy and wife, Sharon, Waterford, Mich.; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and a host of special friends, including Steve Sorke, Carrel "Cotton" Gilliam, Johnny North, Mike Cassalori, Dr. Bruce Ayers, Hank Caudill, Ken Childers and Elvis Gregory.
Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Lynch.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Hugh "Gunner" Webb and the Rev. Barry Leonard officiating.
Burial will follow in the D.L. Creech Cemetery in Cumberland.
Pallbearers will include his grandsons and nephews: Shawn Murphy, Greg Murphy, Joshua Shanks, Michael Murphy, Kevin Dudash and Wayne Brown.
Honorary pallbearers will include the men of the Benham Methodist Church.
Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.