He was 89 years old.
He was the son of the late Dr. D. H. Smith and wife, Ethel Green Smith.
Smith graduated from Harlan High School in the class of 1933 and also attended the University of Kentucky. He worked for General Electric before becoming general manager of Sue Yarbrough Smith Dance Studios and at the same time, he also owned and managed mining and rental properties.
His community leadership was considerable. He served as president of the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce for eight years, served as a city councilman and was president of the local Kiwanis Club, where he was also elected to serve as district governor for the Kentucky-Tennessee area. While working with the chamber of commerce, he was instrumental in securing the building of the Guthrie Airport, Martin's Fork Lake and UK Southeast Community College.
He was a member of the Harlan United Methodist Church, where he served on numerous committees and was, for a time, Sunday school superintendent.
Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Sue Yarbrough Smith and several brothers.
He is survived by four daughters: Sandra Smith Miller, Harlan; Linda Abner, and husband, Darryl, Stanton; Kay Smith and Clay Smith, Danville; a granddaughter, Dana Abner Yin and husband Dr. James Yin, Beverly Hills, Calif..; his sisters, Margarette Kinser and husband, Marion, Sun City, Ariz., and Charlsie Coffey, Chicopee, Mass.; and several other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted in the chapel of the Anderson & Laws Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Robert Landis officiating.
Private interment will be the following day at Resthaven Cemetery at Keith.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to one's favorite charity in memory of Smith. Online condolences can be sent to www.andersonlaws. com.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson & Laws Funeral Home, Harlan.