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Ralph M. Smith

June 30, 1929 — October 7, 2020

Mr. Ralph M. Smith, age 91, a long time resident of the Twin Cities of Fulton
and South Fulton passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at the Fulton
Nursing and Rehab in Fulton, KY.

Ralph was born in McKenzie, TN on June 30, 1929 to the late Marshall S.
and Lorene Patterson Smith.

He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Fulton and was a
veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean War as a Paratrooper.
Ralph advanced to the rank of Corporal with the 503rd Airborne Regiment.

During his service time and on a visit back home to Tennessee from Ft.
Campbell, KY, Ralph was introduced by a mutual friend to Dorothy Sue (Dot)
Bowers. Dot was a student at Bethel College in McKenzie, TN pursuing a degree
in Education. It was love at first sight and the couple married on November 29, 1952.
The Smiths were blessed with 55 years of marriage and Dot passed away on September
25, 2008 after a brief illness.

Ralph was a retired Insurance Agent with the former Life of Georgia Insurance
Company. He worked for many years as a Funeral Director with Hornbeak
Funeral Chapel in Fulton, KY.

Ralph enjoyed the simple things in life. He loved gardening and sharing the
fruits of his labor, woodworking and making doll beds for lucky little girls in his
family as well as in his church and community. Keeping a manicured lawn and
rose beds and fishing at area lakes were also among his favorite past times.
Most of all, Ralph expressed his appreciation of family and friends through
the love of the written word. He took the time to write and send cards and letters
on special occasions in the lives of those he shared a relationship with.

Ralph and Dot loved to see the world and took advantage of many tour group
opportunities as well as planned trips with close friends and family. Enjoying
their love of life with each other and travel sustained them and made for stories
they delighted in sharing during dominoes games and delicious meals
prepared by Dot. The Smith Home always provided a warm welcome and
a special homemade treat served to their visitors.

When health issues arose and Ralph could no longer maintain his home,
he chose to move to Integrity Assisted Living (former Park Terrace) in South
Fulton, TN where he resided for three years, He was so proud of the home he
made there and adopted the staff as his family. They returned his love and
spoiled him daily.

When it became more evident, more nursing care was required for age related
issues, Ralph was admitted to Fulton Nursing and Rehab in Fulton, KY. Again,
the staff there provided for all his needs and gave him the attention he needed
on a daily basis.

When you would ask Ralph what he needed? He would reply, "Not a thing,
but a kind word, I have a roof over my head, a comfortable bed and 3 good meals
daily, that is all you can ask for."

Ralph's simple thoughts on life never left him in his advanced years and all whom
were blessed to have known him will never forget that.

Ralph is survived by Donald Vaughn of McKenzie, TN who was raised as his
brother, two sisters in law, Brenda (Charles) Sosebee of LaGrange, GA and
Betty Bowers of Columbia, TN as well as several nieces and nephews,
cousins and special friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Friday at Hornbeak Funeral Chapel.
Bro. Gordon Wilbanks will officiate. Burial will follow in Obion County Memorial
Gardens. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1PM Friday until the
funeral hour.

Pallbearers will be Mike Lynch, Kent Hutchins, Garrett Hutchins, Gene Dunning,
Nicky Bowers and Jimmy Jones.

Ralph supported various organizations and charities. To honor his life and legacy,
expressions of sympathy may take form of gifts to the charity of you choice.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Ralph M. Smith, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Funeral Service

Friday, October 9, 2020

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Hornbeak Funeral Chapel

302 Carr St, Fulton, KY 42041

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