Mr. William Scott “Bill” Smith of Horse Branch, Kentucky, age 91, passed away on December 24, 2019 at University of Louisville Hospital following a brief illness. He was born on February 8, 1928 in White Run, Kentucky to the late Wayne and Acie Cicero Allen Smith, the youngest of thirteen children, all of whom preceded him in death: brothers, Joseph, Lewie, Hilbert, Leon, James L., David and Arnold; sisters, Maudie Belle, Margaret, Irene, Louise and Ruby. He was also predeceased by several nieces and nephews.
Bill married Dorothy Dean Miller on October 16, 1948. They enjoyed fifty-nine years together until her death on July 4, 2008.
He was raised in the McGrady Creek Missionary Baptist Church, where his grandparents donated the property for the church and cemetery. If you knew Bill, you knew he had a strong work ethic. He started working at a very young age farming and trading. He loved to work, farm, watch the crops grow, and chat about days gone by. He especially enjoyed his beagle hounds and rabbit hunting. Although he had a love for farming he worked in several other capacities during his life. He worked in the log woods cutting timber, a truck driver hauling cattle & various livestock, a school bus driver at Horse Branch School, an Ohio County Deputy Sheriff under the leadership of Bobby Martin; he also held the position of Ohio County Road Foreman for eight years.
He is survived by his daughter, Sheila Gale and her husband David Sims, his grandson, Scott David Sims and a host of nieces and nephews. Bill was blessed with a very long life. He was wise, honest, witty & extremely independent. With the help of his family and his wonderful friends and neighbors, he was able to maintain his independence, living in his own home in a community he so dearly loved until one week prior to his death. The family would like to express gratitude to Willard and Janice Geary and their family, and Orville and Betty Jones for their friendship and assistance.
The family requests expressions of sympathy in Memory of Bill, take the form of contributions to the Rosine/Horse Branch Volunteer Fire Department for the Horse Branch Station, Attn: Nick Woolen-Fire Chief, P.O. Box 336, Rosine, KY 42370.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, December 29, 2019 at William L. Danks Funeral Home with Rev. Earnest Whitely officiating. Burial will follow in Sunnyside Cemetery in Beaver Dam. Friends may visit with the family 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM Saturday and 10:00 AM until the time of the service Sunday at the funeral home. Bill was a wonderful father, grandfather, uncle, neighbor & friend, no one will ever take his place.
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