Carmel O’del Smith, Sr.

October 06, 1942 ‒ February 06, 2018

Johnsville, Ohio

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

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  • Chlorine and Family so sorry to hear about Carmel passing our prayers and hearts are with you at this time. Remember the. Good memories you have of him and make Carmel proud of all. All our love, Paul and May

  • So sorry for your loss. Sending my love & prayers to all of you. Smitty was a great man. He will be truly missed.

  • Annette,

    So sorry to hear of your loss! Words are inadequate at a time like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in thier time of a great loss. Carmel will be greatly missed.

    With deepest sympathy!
    Gladys Kuykendall & Brenda Fisher

  • Glorine you are in my heart and prayers, may God give you peace and comfort during this time, Carmel was a great man that sure loved not only his grandkids but I remember how much love he showed for my grandkids at the Saturday night auctions, he will truly be missed
    Kathy Mcfann and family

  • My heart goes out to all of you during this sad time. Please know our family is praying for you.

  • Glorine I am so sorry to hear about Carmel he was a good, good man, i enjoyed working with him at abbotts an knowing him personally. I cant come to the funeral because i am very sick with the flu and dont want to pass it around, my thoughts and prayers will be with you an family that day and for many days to come.

  • I have fond memories of attending the auction barn, with my (late) Dad, Robert Whitney, and mother, Beverly. So very sorry for your loss. Praying for you as you reflect on his life and celebrate the joy to come, in heaven.

  • I’m so glad to have known uncle Carmel during his lifetime. He was a good man with a kind heart. Carmel loved his family very much and those of us fortunate enough to be in his family loved him very much too.

    I have many fond memories growing up around uncle Carmel and aunt Glorine, especially going to auctions, playing poker and spending holidays together.

    Rest in peace uncle Carmel. We love you and will miss you.

  • My heart goes out to each of you, Carmel was so funny, He always made me feel as if I was his favorite Niece.but I know he made all of his Nieces and Nephews feel that way. He had such a ready smile and warm heart. I do remember his temper too, but all the Smith men had it.I loved the many times we came down for auctions when my Dad Jim was alive.I still have the bird houses he made and I will always cherish them. I always wanted to get my hands on one of his painted saw blades lol. Such amazing talent he had. One man with many gifts and he did not waste them.I could go on an on. I wanted to come see him again an always had plans but never seem to have time. My last memories are good and will be cherished.I Really loved him very much, and will miss him.

  • Sorry to hear of Carmels passing, I worked with him at Abbott until his retirement. I remember hearing his voice echo thru the plant like it was yesterday as he rattled off some of his best auctioneer jibberish. He was truly a great man and will be missed by many. Rest in peace my friend.

  • So sorry to hear of him passing.He was such a loyal good man .I have alot of good memories of Carmel always smiling n joking he will be missed.Glorine if sweetie u need anything get hold of Aunt Doke n she’ll give u my #.Love u honey n praying GOD’S with u n ur family xxxx

  • So sorry for you all.i always loved uncle carmel.and his booming laugh that bounced off the walls.i didn’t see you all much in the last several years.but memories are forever.and I cherish you all.may God hold you close in this trying time.god took home another angel.