Kenneth R. Smith, 96, of Hopkinsville, died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 at Christian Health Center.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. David Tucker officiating. Burial will follow in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the funeral hour Friday. Hughart, Beard & Giles Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

A native of Jamestown, Tenn., he was born Nov. 18, 1923 the son of the late Samuel S. Smith and Martha Terry Smith.

He was the former co-owner of Farm & Garden Supply, Ag Supply, Motor Power, Smith’s Home & Garden Supply and Smith’s Horticultural Supply. He was a World War II U. S. Navy veteran and a member of Second Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for more than 50 years, taught Sunday School for many years and was a member of the adult choir for more than 35 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Carney Smith; his children, Dale Smith and Alice Smith; his brothers, Elmo Smith and L.A. Smith and his sister, Gertrude Eversole.

Survivors include his son, David (Debbie) Smith of Hopkinsville; his daughter, Carole L. Smith of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; his brother, Cortis Smith of Allardt, Tenn.; his sisters: Joyce Robbins of Dayton, Ohio and Elsie Cooper of Jamestown, Tenn.; and his four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Betty Smith Media Library at Second Baptist Church, Gideons International, or the Second Baptist Church Building Fund.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

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