Smith D. Broadbent III, age 83, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at his home in Trigg County surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Maddux Broadbent, who loved him and worked by his side for 61 years of marriage. He is also survived by his three daughters Margaret (Jim) Miller, Tuxedo, N.C., Sarah Rogers, Wallonia, Ky. and Caroline Broadbent (John Lyman), Seattle, Wash., as well as 10 grandchildren: Catherine (Peter) Elbaum, Raleigh N.C., James Franklin Miller, Tuxedo, N.C., Caroline Miller, New York, N.Y., John Miller, Tuxedo, N.C., Virginia Miller, Boone, N.C., Smith Rogers, Hayden Rogers, and Margaret Rogers, all of Wallonia, Ky., Sam Lyman, and Oliver Lyman both of Seattle, Wash. He is additionally survived by his sister, Anne Bennett Broadbent Adams of Murray, Ky.
Smith worked hard on his farm, maintaining and expanding a substantial grain, tobacco, and cattle operation. He loved every aspect of farming especially his work developing a high performing beef herd over the years. He attended the University of Kentucky and remained active with the Alumnae Association and College of Agriculture, serving as founding president of the very popular “Round-Up” event. He served on the first Board of Directors for the University of Kentucky Community College in Hopkinsville and was important in the early years of fundraising for the college in Trigg County. While at the University of Kentucky, Smith served as president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After college he was a lieutenant in the Army, stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was a faithful member of Mt. Zion Methodist Church over the course of his lifetime.
Smith served our farming and business community in many ways. He was a director and president of the Trigg County Farm Bureau. He served as a director of the Trigg County Farmers Bank for 43 years. Smith established and developed Broadbent Square, bringing important new businesses and employment to the county. He was a member of the Eastern Dark Fired Tobacco Growers Association for 35 years where he was also a past president. He was a member of the Kentucky and Trigg County Young Farmers Association for 18 years where he also served as president of both those organizations. He was a founding member of Kentucky Maine Anjou and Simmental Associations, later he was the founding president of the Kentucky Beef Cattle Association, and the Kentucky Country Ham Producers Association. He began curing hams for retail in 1963. The Broadbent B & B country hams have gone on to win Grand Champion Honors at the Kentucky State Fair more than any other Kentucky ham producer. In support of the Ham Festival and to help gain publicity for the event, in 1985 he designed a 7,000-pound oven in order to cook the world’s largest country ham and biscuit.
He has been recognized many times over the years for his achievements. Some of them include: Commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 1961, Trigg County Outstanding Young Man in 1967, Kentucky Outstanding Young Farmer Member of the Year in 1970, and in 1971 he was Cattleman of the Year for Kentucky and went on to become among the top 10 in the nation. He received the UK college of Agriculture Extension Leadership Award in 1977 and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Distinguished and Dedicated Service to KY Agriculture award which is a state recognition in 1985. He has been awarded the Spirit of the Ham Festival twice, he was inducted into the UK College of Agriculture Hall of Fame, and given the UK College of Agriculture Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2016 received the Trigg County Friend of Agriculture Award.
He was preceded in death by his father, Smith Dudley Broadbent Jr., mother, Mildred Holmes Broadbent, his brother, Robert K. “Bob” Broadbent, and sister, Sarah Holmes Broadbent.
Arrangements are being handled by Goodwin Funeral Home, 138 Main Street in Cadiz, where the family will receive friends from 11 a.m., until the funeral service hour of 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021 with the Rev. Jamus Redd and Rev. David Banister officiating. Burial will follow in the Wall Cemetery in Wallonia, Kentcuky.
Memorial Contributions can be made to:
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 327 Deerwood Drive, Hopkinsville, KY, 42211,
Parkinsons Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL, 33131 or visit the following link: https://secure3.convio.net/prkorg/site/Donation2?10243.donation=form1&df_id=10243&mfc_pref=T ,
Special Olympics SOKY,105 Lakeview Court, Frankfort, KY, 40601 or visit the followling link: https://support.specialolympics.org/a/kentucky?ms=IDMP_WEB&utm_source=web&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=IDMP
The funeral service will be live streamed at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 28, 2021, on our YouTube channel at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/goodwinfuneralhome1/(link is external)