Aleck Irvin Smith was born Wednesday, December 22, 1935 in Morgan County, KY, and passed away on January 2, 2021, at his daughter Reanna’s home. Aleck married Gay Ferguson on June 15, 1963, and was married for 50 years.
He is survived by his children Chris Irvin Smith and his wife Rita, of Sandy Hook, KY; Michael Haden Smith and his wife Anna, of Hazel Green, KY; Reanna Bradley and her husband David, of West Liberty, KY; and Harkless Ray Smith and his wife Jennifer , of Grassy Creek, KY. He is also survived by two sons from his first marriage, Charles Irvin Smith and Jeffery Scott Smith, both of Ohio. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Heather Lynn Smith, Timothy Haden Smith, Zoe Alexandrea Bradley, Kenzily NaRay Smith, and Aubriella Thalil Smith. He is also survived by his special uncle and aunt, Junior & Lois Smith of Smith Creek. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
Aleck was preceded in death by his father, Raney Harkless Smith; his mother, Rena Holbrook Smith; his wife, Gay Ferguson Smith; his brother, Powell Whipple Smith; his sister & brother-in-law, Eula Marie Smith & Bill Smith; his brother, Kenneth Ray Smith; sister & brother-in-law, Sue Wright & Hubert Wright; and his grandchildren, Allison Nicole Bradley, Andrea Elizabeth Bradley, and Baby Smith.
Aleck was a retired heavy equipment operator. He loved listening to bluegrass music, fishing, hunting, gardening, and watching a good western on TV. But he especially loved spending time with his family and friends and especially his grandchildren. After retirement, he spent a lot of his leisure time fishing at Patoker with many friends and family. He could filet fish like none other, and always enjoyed having his family and special friends Buford and Geneva Sherman to enjoy a good fish fry at his home. In addition to fishing, Aleck enjoyed hunting deer and squirrels, all in the hills behind his home, and in later years, all from his chair while comfortably sitting inside the doorway of his barn. Aleck enjoyed gardening, and was always eager to get some plants out early, even as early as January of each year. He always enjoyed harvesting his garden and sharing with others. After Aleck was saved, he enjoyed attending church and was a member of the Smith Creek Valley Community Church, and also enjoyed attending church at the Coffee’s Creek Church, Pendleton Church, and New Salem Enterprise Baptist Church.
Aleck loved music, and he and Gay’s home was nearly always filled with music playing in the background. Aleck enjoyed playing different musical instruments such as the banjo, fiddle, and guitar. He always enjoyed when his family and friends would stop by to “pick a tune”, which nearly always turned into several hours of fun and enjoyment for all. Aleck always got a big laugh out of singing “Little Rosie Jones”.
While Aleck lived a fulfilling life through his interaction with his family and friends, he was also a very simple man. He never required the finer things or the best of things, just what would simply do, and that was suffice to him. Aleck will be remembered for being an honest, caring man that was a friend to all that knew him. I know that he would want us all to the kind to our fellow man.
Funeral service 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the Potter Funeral Home, with Bro. Jackie Holbrook, Bro. Danny Collins, Elder James Wallin, and Bro. Jackie Smith officiating. Burial to follow in the Elisha Smith Cemetery, Elisha Smith Road, West Liberty, KY. Visitation 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at the Potter Funeral Home.
Pallbearers: Larry Caudill, Paul Smith, Allen Wright, Bobby Wright, David Wright, and Danny Wright.
Honorary Pallbearers: Jeff Montgomery, Bill Jenkins, Cortis Jenkins, and Clyde Jenkins.
COVID-19 regulations will be followed per the State & CDC guidelines. Please wear a face covering and practice social distancing.
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