Ralph W. Smithey, 75, of Myrtle, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 19, 1937, in New Albany to Enoch Troy Smithey and Lola Bell Wingo Smithey. He was a retired employee of Masterbilt. He loved farming, garden work and tractors. He was a member of the Pooleville Baptist Church.
Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at United Funeral Service chapel in New Albany with Bro. Larry Harrison and Bro. Alvie Isaac officiating. Burial was in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Beverly Smithey of Myrtle; seven daughters, Terri Howell (Jimmy) of Myrtle, Beth Ray (Harry) of Myrtle, Rhonda Franklin (Jeff) of New Albany, Marsha Hill of Nashville, Tenn., Connie Fulmer of Gray, Tenn., Tammy Smithey of Myrtle and Jane Howell of New Albany; a sister, Laura Mae Irwin of Blue Mountain; a brother, Dale Smithey of Myrtle; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Cheryl Smithey; two sisters, Lena Smith and Hazel Smithey; and two brothers, Julius Smithey and Enoch Smithey.
Pallbearers were Tommy Ausburn, Jeremy Howell, Cody Howell, Brandon Smithey, Roman Ray, Anthony Gannon, Heath Fulmer, Christopher Smithey, Ryan Taylor and Ethan Howell.
Memorials may be made to the church of the donor’s choice.
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