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ROSS J.W. SMITH

October 5, 2021

Obituary

Ross J. W. Smith was the 13th of 16 children, born on May 20, 1930, to Marietta Bridges Smith and George     Washington Smith. 

Ross J. W., known by many simply as “J.W.”,  loved to talk about his early years in Kentucky, where he and his    family lived on the farm, and how he and his sisters and     brothers had to walk anywhere and everywhere!  When Ross was 14 years of age, he, his mom and his three younger siblings moved to Indianapolis, Indiana.  They, joined his father and   older siblings who had come up a few months prior in hopes of finding jobs and their new home.

J. W. was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, who truly loved life and his family.  He lived to see five generation of his legacy.  While he was small in   physical stature, J. W.  had so much spunk in that small frame.  He was known to be a sharp dresser, always had on his shades, and boy could he cook! 

Ross J. W. Smith left this world unexpectedly, on   October 5, 2021, at the age of ninety-one years four months and sixteen days .  He was preceded in death by his mother, Marietta; father, George; his first wife, Helen Campbell; his    second wife, Ozella Danner; his brothers and sisters, and his son, Paul Smith. 

Ross J. W. Smith is survived by his current wife of 20 years, Sandra West Smith; daughter, Patricia Smith (from his first wife, Helen); step-daughters, Shonna Hayes, Natasha Hayes, and Michelle Hayes, step-sons Troy West, and Kenny Hayes); his sister, Malinda Smith; five grandchildren, great- grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and a host of four generations of nieces and nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

 

Humbly Submitted…………...The Family

 

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Services

Visitation
Tuesday
October 12, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Stuart Mortuary Chapel
2201 N. ILLINOIS STREET
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA 46208

Celebration of Life
Tuesday
October 12, 2021

12:00 PM
Stuart Mortuary Chapel
2201 N. ILLINOIS STREET
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA 46208

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