William H. “Bill” Smith

November 05, 1953 ‒ January 16, 2021

Centerburg, Ohio

William H. Smith, age 67, aka “Bill the Mechanic”, in Rich Hill went home to the Lord and the love of his life, Diana.

Bill worked for many years at Flexible Bus Company and when they closed their doors, he became a self-employed mechanic.

Bill was a simple, hard working, honest and loving man who truly loved his family. He enjoyed spending time with his family, listening to music and working on cars.

Bill was preceded in death by Diana, his wife of 34 years; his father, Junior H. Smith; mother, Beatrice Strickland; step-father, Kenneth Strickland; sisters, Brenda Smith and Rita Atwell; and brothers, Michael & Ernie Smith.

He leaves behind two daughters, Nicole (Todd) Hott and Billi Ann (Curtiss) Bennett; six grandsons, Travis Ammons, Mark, Dalton, Robby, Tanner, and Braxton Hott; two granddaughters, Carly and Dana Miller; two brothers, John (Malisa) Smith and Charles (Rhonda) Strickland; two sisters, Kimberly Kirk and Robin Strickland; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, (at SR 3), Sunbury.  Private family interment at Rich Hill Cemetery.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Smith family.  Please share a memory or condolence with the family on this website.

  • I am sorry to hear this. I did not have the opportunity to know Bill well since he went to JVS, but I know he went to Heaven with his wife! Blessings to the family! It is soooooo sad to hear when any of my classmates pass. We are too young, still.

  • To the Smith family.

    What do you say when someone loses not just one parent, but Both. I’m sorry just doesn’t seem enough.
    Nicole and Billi, I’ve known your dad since I was a little girl. I grew up in Rich hill where your parents resided. A very small, quant neighborhood. Where everyone helped each other. The coming minutes, days, weeks, months, year’s will not be easy. I wish I could tell you different. But, I’d be lying. There will be times of laughter, and times of crying. You won’t ever stop missing him. After all, he was your dad. A man that not only you as his daughter’s looked up to. But, everyone he came to meet. A hard working honest man. A great mechanic. One that could diagnose the problem over the phone.
    He will be greatly missed.
    Hold onto all the precious moments and memories you have.
    “I can only imagine” his reaction when Diane met him on the other side What a reunion that must have been.
    I’ll be praying for all of you in the days to come. Know you are not alone.

    May Angel’s rest upon your pillows.
    With love
    Judy Hall Goeppinger

  • So sorry to here about your dad. Bill was a good friend, he was always there to help out when you needed him. He taught me a lot about cars and helped me out more times than i can remember. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

  • I would like to send my sincere condolences to all the family of Bill Smith. I spent many years growing up in Rich Hill where everyone knew everyone and all the neighborhood kids played together almost like one big family. And of coarse when you had trouble with your vechicles straight to Bill they would go. He was a great mechanic and just a good all around good honest guy who was always ready to help. He will be great missed by many. Just remember your mom and dad are together now and they are young and no longer in pain. May God be with you these next few days and all the days ahead. Its rough losing both your parents I know all to well and it seems like the tears never stop flowing. Praying for all the love peace and comfort sent from God and hang on to all those good thoughts and memories and remember you will all be together again one day. May God be with each and everyone of you.

  • My sincerest condolences and love to all. Bill was such a wonderful man and was just amazing to be around. I enjoyed my time with him over the years. He was always just so friendly, gentle, and kind to me and the family. He will be missed by so many for so many reasons. Rest in Peace Uncle Bill.

    With much love and great respect,
    Duane Spriggs

  • So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and positive thoughts for comfort and guidance as you celebrate your dad’s life here on Earth and rejoice his Eternal life in Heaven with your mom and cherish all the memories you’ve made over the years. {{{HUGS}}}

    Teresa McClary Kramer

  • Gary C. Kibler

    I am a car parts driver for Advance Auto Parts. I have known Bill and John for the last six years. I feel for your loss. Bill has reached his reward. I will miss him.
    He is in my memories , keep him in yours.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Bill has been our go to guy for a long time. I can say I was never really upset when the vehicles needed worked on. It was a bonus to chat with Bill for a while. Our prayers to Bill’s family and friends.

  • Very sorry for your loss,Bill will be missed by many,he touched a lot of people with his kind manor,probably met Bill over 25 years ago, often he spoke of his family,the only family member I ever met was his brother John,I think probably between Bill and John ,nothing they could not fix .Bill was a mechanical genius, sometimes diagnose a mechanical problem over the phone. Had a lot of conversations
    With Bill ,lot of laughs,
    He was a good man…