CENTERTOWN-Kenneth E. “Kenny” Smith, 69, of Centertown died Tuesday January 7, 2019 at Ohio County Hospital. Kenny was born in Harlan County, Kentucky to Mary June Phelps Smith and the late John A. Smith. He was retired from Peabody Coal and was a Kentucky Colonel. Kenny enjoyed grilling, cookouts, NASCAR, spending time with his Family and friends, UK basketball, driving around Centertown on his golf cart with kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He coached baseball and basketball when his daughter Donna was growing up. He also enjoyed advocating for miners rights and was an active member of UMWA Local 2470 where was the recording secretary. Kenny also enjoyed volunteering his time to those running in local elections and he attended McHenry Church of Christ. Kenny loved his country and was proud to be an American. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers-Larry Smith and Virgil Smith, Jr. and his step father-Virgil Smith, Sr.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years Priscilla Ashby Smith; his mother-Mary June Phelps Smith; 3 daughters-Donna (Brad) Young of Greenville, Mary Ann (Harold) Travillian of Beaver Dam, Sarah (Steve) Whitledge of Bowling Green; a brother-Johnny (Gladys) Smith of Morganfield; 2 sisters-Brenda (Don) Norman of Centertown, Donna Coburn of Springfield, Illinois; sister-in-law-Jane Smith of Central City; 5 grandchildren-Paige Johnson, Slaton DeArmond, Darrin Travillian, Waylan Travillian, Ira Whitledge; 3 great grandchildren-Abel, Arlen , Stevie Jo; his uncle-Gary Phelps; special cousin-Linda (Franklin) Adkins; many nieces and nephews.
Services are 1:00 P.M. Friday at Bevil Bros. Funeral Home in Beaver Dam with Bro. Franklin Adkins officiating. Burial will be in Render Cemetery in McHenry. Visitation will be from 4-8PM Thursday and from 9AM until funeral time on Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to bevilbrosfuneralhomes.com
There will be a UMWA service at graveside. All UMWA members please wear camouflage.
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