Obituary for Lester C "Red" Smith

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Lester C "Red" Smith

June 16, 1935 - November 24, 2011

Lester C. “Red” Smith, age 76 passed away Thursday morning, November 24, 2011 at Kindred Hospital Indianapolis South in Greenwood. He was a life-long resident of BrownCounty.


Red was born June 16, 1935 in Trafalgar to the late Clayton D. and Annie (Scudder) Smith. He was a 1953 graduate of Helmsburg High School and went on to serve with the United States Navy. Red retired in 1991 from Cummins Diesel Engine Company in Columbus, after 35 years of service.


He is survived by his step children: Glenn (Becky) Barrick of Avon, Bonnie (Byron) Sailor of Greensburg, Rick Barrick of Lexington, KY, Scott (Barbara) Barrick of Speedway, Tara (Bruce) Willett of Cloverdale. He will be remembered by his siblings: Joanne (Richard) Malott of Indianapolis, Steve Smith of Helmsburg and Rod (Beverly) Smith of Reelsville. Red is also survived by several step grandchildren & step great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his first wife: Betty Jean (Jacobs) Smith. He went on to marry Eileen (Sutton) Barrick-Smith on May 6, 1985 in Martinsville. She preceded him in death on May 14, 2010. Red was also preceded in death by his twin brother: Chester Smith and a sister: Juanita Lois Cottongim.


He was a member of the Martinsville Masonic Lodge, Martinsville American Legion and attended Unity Baptist Church in Brown County. He enjoyed reading westerns, collecting bolo ties, spending time with his cats and was a fan of the Indianapolis Colts.


The Rev. Walter Begley will conduct a funeral service at 12:00 pm, Saturday at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 10 am till time of service on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Nebo Memorial Park Cemetery inMartinsville.


Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Red to the American Lung Association, 115 W. Washington Street, Suite 1180 S. Indianapolis, IN 46204.


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Information: (812) 597-4670




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Born: June 16, 1935
Died: November 24, 2011

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