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Gary Stephen Smith, Sr. Click for Condolences      Printable Version
1942 - 2023

Gary Stephen Smith, Sr.Gary Stephen Smith Sr.

Gary Stephen Smith Sr., 81, of Portsmouth, Ohio passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2023. Born November 3, 1942, to Roy Wesley Smith and Wilma May [Crabtree] Smith, Gary lived a life full of excitement and love.

Gary was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He is preceded in death by his first wife Carol Jean [Horner] Smith and his second wife Connie K. [West] Smith; son Stephen Wesley Smith; parents Roy Wesley Smith and Wilma May [Crabtree] Smith; and siblings Alice Shaffer, Bennett “Gene” (Carol) Smith, Richard Smith, Marvin (Patty) Smith, Robert “Bob” (Carol) Smith, Margaret Smith, Lyle “Butch” (Annabelle) Smith, Ronald Smith, and Donald (Melanie) Smith

Gary was a hard-working, and loving family man. He loved his family to the end and always took care of everyone in everything he did. He loved working on computers and other electronics. Gary also loved a good game of cards, especially poker. Cars were a hobby he passed on to both his children and his grandchildren, and he could often be seen working on them or going to local car shows and cruise-ins with his family.

Gary served as a Sergeant (E-5) in the Vietnam War. He was awarded several medals during his time in the service, including a Bronze Star and a Combat Medical Badge.

Coworkers from his time at the Atomic Diffusion Plant or Cyclops Steele would also have known him by his nickname of “007.”

He is survived by his sons Gary “Steve” (Tereasa) Smith Jr. and Brad (Rachel); step-sons Jimmie “J.C” (Lisa) Spearry and John (Brittany) Spearry; grandchildren Michael Smith, Brittany (Aaron) Blevins, Mikhail Smith, Michael (Deanna) Bazler, Brianna Smith, Gary “Stephen” Smith III, Jeremiah Smith, and Aliza Smith; step-grandchildren Carter Spearry, Peyton Spearry, Tristan Spearry, Reagan Spearry, and Belina Spearry; and siblings Helen Allen, Vickie Handy, and Carolyn (Ronnie) Hamilton.

Visitation will be held at Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home, Wheelersburg, Ohio from 6pm until 8pm on Thursday, November 16, 2023.

A Funeral Service will be held at Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home, Wheelersburg, Ohio at 11am on Friday, November 17, 2023 with an additional hour of visitation before the funeral begins.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff at SOMC Hospice Care for their care and compassion.

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There are currently 7 condolences.

Dan Gash
Friday November 17, 2023 at 11:05 PM

Sincerest condolences to the family. Worked and bowled with Gary for a number of years. Such a great guy. He will be truly missed.
Calvin and Lisa Parker
Thursday November 16, 2023 at 6:42 PM

Gary was such an interesting person. Built my home (and the rest of my family) computers for years, and was a pleasure to work with at the Aplant. Several of Connie's paintings hang on my wall. Going to enjoy rebuilding cars in heaven. Rest in peace.
Kim & Bill Stuck
Thursday November 16, 2023 at 5:25 PM

Our deepest sympathy and prayers to all Gary's family. Gary was a wonderful friend to our family he was always there when you needed him, Bill and him spoke almost every day:) He will be missed, RIP Gary :)
john johnson
Thursday November 16, 2023 at 8:18 AM

I got acquainted with Gary at the steel mill and admired him always. He will be missed.
Vicky Horner Roe
Tuesday November 14, 2023 at 12:12 PM

Love and Prayers to my cousins and family. Fly High Gary.
Charlie & Judy Hester Thompson
Monday November 13, 2023 at 8:11 PM

Sympathy and prayers for all the family and friends. Gary will be missed by all here at Hill View Retirement Center. God Bless each one of you.
Scott Sneller
Monday November 13, 2023 at 2:12 PM

My deepest condolences to the Smith family.

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