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Kenneth "Ray" Smith, 79, of Whitley County, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, at Baptist Health Corbin.
Born at Kettle Island in Bell County, Ray was the son of the late Matt Smith and Ellen Hubbs Smith. He had been a coal miner and was Baptist by faith. He loved racing, especially NASCAR.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his siblings, Ruby Johnson, Les Smith, Lee Smith, Eula Jane Miles, and Archie Herman Smith.
He is survived by six children: Elizabeth Coe (Boyd), of Corbin, Cathy Jenkins (Vic), of Corbin, Jennifer Smith, of Lily, Justeen Nantz (Jimmy Hoffman), of Corbin, Kenneth Ray Smith Jr. (Diane), of Corbin, and B.J. Karr (Brad), of Georgetown; special stepchildren of Arizona, Jenkins Leisure; siblings Jewell Goodman and Tena Hall Campbell (Ray), of Corbin, Clyde Smith (Jean), of Indiana, and Wilma Sweenty of Detroit; 16 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; and several; special nieces and nephews, all to mourn his passing.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Sharp Cemetery at Jacks Fork.
The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Messages can be written to the family at www.vankirkgrisellfuneralhome.com
Published on October 25, 2016
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