Randolph John “Smitty” Smith



Randolph John “Smitty” Smith, 91, of Seymour, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born Sept. 23, 1923, in Indianapolis, he was the son of Randolph J. and Luna Reed Smith, both of whom preceded him in death.

On Nov. 2, 1946, in Seymour, he married Ethel G. Albertson, who preceded him in death Jan. 5, 2002. On Nov.  27, 2003, in Seymour, he married Irene Hill, who also preceded him in death.

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Smitty was a member of The Point (formerly the First Church of the Nazarene). He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He worked at Cummins Engine Co. when he was younger. He then started Smitty’s Golf Service in 1956 which he ran until 1963. In 1963, he started Smitty’s Transmission Service which he owned and operated until his retirement. He was the maintenance supervisor for the Seymour Waste Water Treatment Plant. He was a member of Seymour Country Club where he enjoyed golfing every chance he got and he was a member of Hoosier Hackers traveling golf league. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his spare time.

Survivors include his children, Randolph “Randy” (Mary) Smith III, Patty (Michael) Cockerham, Sherry (Junior) Dowling, Cindy (James) Campbell, Rhonda (Jerry) Sutherland, and Thomas (Peggy) Sutherland; 10 grandchildren, Randolph J. (Kelly) Smith IV, Adam W. (Trish Surfus) Smith, Chad M. (Renae) Cockerham, Bryan “BJ” (Amy) Cockerham, Dustin L. (Mary) Dowling, Shawn E. Israel, Chad (Amy) Sutherland, Matt (Tara) Sutherland, Thomas (Angela) Sutherland, and Kelsey Sutherland; several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert L. Smith and Edward Wayne Smith; a sister, Dorothy Storey; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter; a grandson; three brothers, Ernest Smith, Farrell Ray Smith and Orville Scott; and three sisters, Erma Smith Sutton, Helen Smith Maxwell, and Margaret Smith Marling.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Voss Chapel with the Dr. Garrett Mills and the Rev. Steve Greene officiating. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, and Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and from noon until time of service Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to The Point or the donor’s choice.

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