Wilford Leon Smith

December 24, 1943 ‒ July 08, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Wilford Leon “Sonny” Smith, age 76, of Marion, passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at his home.

Wilford was born in Richlands, Virginia to the late Willie Lester and Mary Lucille Frost.  Willie was killed during World War II and his mother remarried Arvin Ralph Smith who adopted Wilford and raised him as a son giving him the nickname of Sonny, because of his bright white hair.

Sonny moved with his family to Marion in the 1950’s and attended Harding High School.  One fateful day, Linda Lou Young was visiting her friend, who happened to be Sonny’s sister.  Sonny opened the front door and the two have been inseparable since.  The two were wed on January 20, 1963.  Together, Sonny and Linda raised three children, loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and traveled whenever possible.

Sonny was a true family man and would do anything for them.  He could often be found making furniture, fishing, camping and listening to old county gospel music.  In his free time, Sonny enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing and attended the “Family Breakfast Club” every Friday morning.

Sonny worked for various company over the years and retired as an over the road driver for the Local Teamsters.

Sonny will be missed by his wife, Linda of Marion; children, Kimberly (Larry) Shipman of Marion, Jerry (Shannon) Smith of Marion, and Gina (Jason) Williams of Caledonia; four legged fur baby, Annie; sisters, Connie (Don) Franklin, Becki Gruber, and Bonnie Ricks; grandchildren, Lauren Jordan, Staff Sargent Devin White USAF, Jessie (Steven) Harbolt, Petty Officer Austin Smith Navy, Sierra Collins, Sarah Ruthanne Smith, Jarrod Smith, Toni Carbetta, Mary Carbetta, Carlo Carbetta, Jacob Williams, Jakeiska Williams, Jada Williams, Janae Williams, and Jacob White; and great-grandchildren, Thomas and Cheyenne Jordan, Hailee White, Lydia, Mitchell, and Alex Harbolt, and Solaire Williams.

Visitation will be held at Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel (360 E. Center St.) Sunday, July 12, 2020 from 2 until 4 pm.  A funeral service will be held 10 am Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Alan Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel is honored to serve Sonny’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Gina,

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.


  • So sorry Kim you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings to you all .

  • Becki,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved brother. I know how close you two were and know the grief you must be feeling. He was a wonderful man and it was my pleasure to know him. Know that you are in my heart and prayers. Godspeed

  • I am so sorry for your families loss. Prayers to you all. And to my friend Gina I am so sad for your loss. I know how heartbreaking!!💔. No matter how old we are we expect our parents to be with us. Hugs to you all!!🙏🏼

  • I enjoyed our truckin’ times with Wilford while we were at Signal Delivery. i will always keep him in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Our condolences and prayers are sent to the family of Mr. Smith. We only met you once at the wedding of your niece Marie n Darius. RIP

    Family of Darius White