Bryan Smith, age 84, of Bowling Green, passed away March 15, 2014 at his home with his loved ones by his side.
Bryan was born Jan. 13, 1930 in Oakwood, the son of Rev. Forrest Bryan and Eva Evelyn Palmer Smith.
On Sept. 22 1950, he married Janet Louise Long, who survives of the home. From this marriage of 63 years came a loving family: son, Louie and wife Kathy, of Bowling Green; two daughters, Pat Beavers and husband Ed, of Warrenton and Carla Feldmann and husband Rick, of Bowling Green; six grandchildren, Lisa Crenshaw and husband James, of Troy, Jamie Comer and wife Erin, Ashley Danuser and husband Cody, Brandon Feldmann, Erik and Bryce Smith; seven great-grandchildren, Bryan and Brenon Crenshaw, Hayden, Joshua, Miranda and Landen Comer, and Brody Danuser. He is also survived by two brothers, David Lee Smith and wife Sandy of Fla., Forrest E. Smith of Blue Springs; two sisters, Floy M. Neikirk and Lucille Stokes, both of Bowling Green, many nieces and nephews, and very special friends, Ed and Brenda Henderson.
Bryan was preceded in death by his parents,, two sisters, Loice Murphy and Irene Clinging, and brother Linden Smith.
Bryan was born and raised in Oakwood and lived the last 62 years of his life in the Bowling Green area. He served active duty in the Army during the Korean War and was WIA, something he rarely talked about. Most people remember him as a stern, hard-working man, but he had a lot of love and fun in him, as well. He attended Emmanuel Baptist Church until his health prevented it. He worked in construction and for the state highway department before entering the career he loved as an over the road truck driver. Bryan drove a truck for Louisiana Plastics for 26 years and enjoyed farming on the side. After his retirement he liked to fish and do yard work. He loved watching the wildlife out the back window of his house with his wife.
Bryan chose cremation and a private memorial will be held at a later date. Cremation rites were under the direction of the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green.
Memorials may be made to Pike Count Hospice please. Online condolences may be left at www.muddveach.com.