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Debra S Smith

October 26, 1957 ~ January 11, 2022 (age 64)
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Debra Sue Smith, age 64, resident of Kentucky, died unexpectedly in a motor vehicle accident Tuesday, January 11, 2022. 

Born October 26, 1957 to John and Thelma (Black) Engle in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, Debra had been a resident of Shelby for many years, before returning to home in Kentucky in 2004. She was employed with MTD in Shelby for 15 years, and also worked at the Spinning Wheel Restaurant.

She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church when she was residing in Shelby and was most recently attending the Grange City Christian Church where her brother, Richard Engle, is the pastor in Kentucky. Her hobbies included reading the Bible, collecting Avon, reading, and watching movies. Debra was a night owl and loved staying up late. She would often have long phone conversations with her son when he traveled at night driving truck. She liked knowing he was safe and had arrived at his destination. 

Survivors include one son Thomas (Jennifer) Smith of Mansfield; one daughter MaryAnn (Charles) Hoskins of Shelby; grandchildren Shana (Kenneth) White, Robert Hoskins, Steven Hoskins, Shaiann Smith, Hope Alexis Smith, Savannah Smith, and Kase Smith; great- grandchildren Jeremy Little, Deziree White, Aubriella White, Charlotte White, Caspian White, Angel Kelly, Jaymiscen Kachermeyer, Harper Walker, and Grayson Frank; one great-granddaughter on the way; brothers Richard (Tammy) Engle of Hillsboro, Kentucky, and James (Pauletta) Engle of Flemingsburg, Kentucky; nieces, nephews and other relatives.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of twenty-four years, Ralph E. Smith, August 3, 2000; mother-in-law, Alberta Smith in 1998; father-in-law Ralph T. Smith in 2005; one daughter, Melissa Sue Smith in 1978; and great- granddaughter Aubrea Kelly in 2017. 

Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory in Shelby Monday, January 17, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. A funeral service will be held Tuesday from the funeral home at 10:30 AM, her brother, Pastor Richard Engle will officiate, with interment in Oakland Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that donations be made in care of Barkdull Funeral Home to offset funeral costs.

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January 17, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Barkdull Funeral Home
33 N. Gamble Street
Shelby, OH 44875

Funeral Service
January 18, 2022

10:30 AM
Barkdull Funeral Home
33 N. Gamble Street
Shelby, OH 44875

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