Carmel O’del Smith, Sr.
October 06, 1942 ‒ February 06, 2018
JOHNSVILLE: Carmel O’del Smith, Sr., age 75, peacefully passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2018 in his home surrounded by family.
He was born October 6, 1942 in Smokey Valley, KY, near the town of Olive Hill to parents William & Elsie Smith. Although he never graduated high school, Carmel was very accomplished and was known to say, “if you pay attention in life, you can learn a lot.” He grew up working on the family farm and after a brief time working in the Florida orange groves he followed his brothers to Mansfield. He got a job working for the Black Estate where he kept excellent care of the grounds and later worked at several factories before working as a Journeyman Oiler over 28 years with Abbott Labs until retiring in 1998.
A beautiful young lady named Glorine Chamberlin caught his eye and on their first date he told her: “if you stick with me, we’ll have something someday.” They married on December 14, 1963.
He was an auctioneer for 40 years and ran Smith Auction House on his property until handing over the reins to his son in 1997. Many people have heard him ask, “Whatcha got to trade on?” because he was always ready to make a deal. Carmel built all the buildings on his land and took pride in his trees and gardens where he planted perfectly straight rows and a weed wasn’t allowed to grow. He was a talented woodworker and resourceful tinkerer—making something out of nothing—and enjoyed painting, drawing, fishing, playing poker, and telling stories. But above all, Carmel loved spending time with his family—especially his great-grandsons. He was a hardworking man with a heart of gold who served as a role model to many. He will be greatly missed.
Carmel is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Glorine Smith of Johnsville; children Vickie (James) Bridges of Galion, Carmel Jr. (Annette) Smith of Johnsville, and Jennifer (Robert) Cobern of Johnsville; grandchildren Justin (Ashley) Smith, Ashley (David) Bowersmith, Halla Smith, and Alyssa Fry, Holly Bridges, Jeannette (Chuck) Kvochick, and Amy Bridges; honorary grandson Thales “TK” (Mackenzie) Keffalas; nine great-grandsons; eight great-granddaughters; brother Michael (Dorothy) Smith; sister-in-law Jewel Smith; along with numerous nieces and nephews including Michael Smith, Jr., Melissa Grimmett, and Rebecca Herder.
Carmel was preceded in death by his father (William), mother (Elsie), seven brothers (George, Walter, James, Bobby Joe, Cleotis, Glendal, and Ralph), one half-brother (Lanaham), two sisters (Louise and Lovedia), and two half-sisters (Avis and Mary).
His family will receive friends Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service honoring Carmel’s life will be held 11 a.m. Friday. Family friend John Walker will speak and burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery. To celebrate his memory, Carmel’s family plans to dress casually and hopes you would do the same.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Carmel’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory with them & watch his tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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