Obituary for Luther M "Bud" Smith

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Luther M "Bud" Smith

June 26, 1929 - September 30, 2016

Luther M. “Bud” Smith, age 87, passed away peacefully Friday morning, September 30, 2016 at his home in Bean Blossom.

Bud was born on June 26, 1929, in Knox County, to the late Clarence and Marie (Ellermann) Smith. He attended Helmsburg High School where he was on the first winning Sectional Basketball team from Brown County in 1949. At age 16, he enlisted with the United State Marine Corps Reserve where he served for two years as a Private and then went on to serve as a Corporal with the United State Army for 2 years. During his time in the service, he played basketball and baseball for the military. After the service, he married Barbara Ellen Critser on October 9, 1954 in Bloomington.

Bud was the owner and operator of Smith’s Melon Farm in Bean Blossom for the past 50 years. He enjoyed farming and was well known for his delicious cantaloupes, watermelon and tomatoes which he would sell at the City Market in Indianapolis and other local farmers markets. Bud enjoyed helping and meeting people at his own fruit stand at the corner of State Road 135 and Covered Bridge Road. During the late 1960’s, Bud worked as a Superintendent at Yellow Wood State Forest.

He was a lifetime Lutheran and a charter member of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Bean Blossom. Bud loved spending time with his family and always looked forward to cheering on his grandchildren at their sporting events.

Bud will be dearly missed by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Smith; children: Andrea Lee (Scott) Hall of Ft. Wayne, Kristy Lynn (Grant) Stuart of Nashville and Luther M. “Buddy” (Sheri) Smith, Jr. of Bean Blossom; siblings, Lueallin Pate of Morgantown and Donna (Keith) Rhodes of Martinsville; grandchildren, Alexandra Hall, James Hall, Sydney Hall, Mallory Scroggins, Isaac Hall, Peter Stuart, Tyler Smith, Quentin Stuart, Nash Stuart and Luther Hall.

He was preceded in death by siblings, Arthur and Clarence Smith Jr., Beulah Mae Ackerman, Mary Sluss and Dlema Baughman.

The Rev. Phil Meadows will conduct a funeral service at 10 a.m. on Monday at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 5802 North Old Settlers Road in Bean Blossom. Friends may call from1-5 p.m. on Sunday at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Burial will be at Nebo Memorial Park Cemetery in Martinsville with military rites conducted by the Brown County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Bud to the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, “Memorial Fund”, 5802 N. Old Settlers Road, Morgantown, IN 46160.

Condolences may be sent to the family at . Information: (812) 597-4670


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Born: June 26, 1929
Died: September 30, 2016

Condolences for Luther Smith

Jenise Bohbrink posted on 1/1/00

Mrs. Smith and Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Mr. Smith was an amazing man. I learned so much about agricultural from him. Loved every story he told. Hugs, Jenise & Brent Bohbrink


Becky Altop Zody posted on 1/1/00

Lost a great man today. He will be missed. Bless all of the family.


Doug Nash posted on 1/1/00

Saw Buds obit in the Vincennes Sun-Commercial, this morning. I remember him and Art from the from the farm market in Indy. My grandparents sold their produce on Arts lot back in the late 70s and early 80s. Made many trips up there by myself when I was 15- 18 yrs old. also remember Steve. not sure whose son he was Arts or Luthers. Prayers for ya'll, Grandparents were Eugene and Edith Williams. Gene passed in 2000 and Edith 2001.


Rev. Peyton posted on 1/1/00

Mr. Smith represented the best of Bean Blossom, and he store for what is the best about the United States of America. Hard work, a helping hand, a generous soul, and a small town heart. My wife, Breezy, and I will miss him greatly. He was a great neighbor. Bean Blossom will miss him. A piece of our community goes with him. Every traveler along 135 at harvest time will miss him, especially those melons. They truly did taste better than any others I've ever had. Even cantaloupes won't be the same. Peace, love, and condolences to the Smith family. Yours truly, Rev. Peyton Bean Blossom, IN


Norma Crouch posted on 1/1/00

Thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless and take care of you. I know Harry and Bud are talking about gardens and melons .Bud was such a kind person also in the Lutheran Church. With deepest sympathy.