Forrest E. Smith, age 91 of Powell, Ohio, died Friday, April 23, 2021 after a short illness at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus Ohio with his family at his bedside.
Born February 6, 1930 in Shelby to Rolly Orlo Smith and Mary Esther (Emminger) Smith, he graduated from Shiloh High School in 1949. Forrest served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, worked at Shelby Spring Hinge and retired from General Motors in 1990. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he was a choir member and had served on various committees, and the Johnny Appleseed Woodcarver's Club. He volunteered his skills to two Habitat For Humanity homes and the Shelby Help Line building. He enjoyed attending the Cloverleaf Square Dance Club and enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He was an avid woodcarver, who competed in shows since 1987, taught novice woodcarvers- most proudly his daughter Darice.
In May of 2015, he and Betty moved to Powell Ohio to be closer to his children, grandchildren, granddogs and grandcats which he spoiled immensely. There he enjoyed making many new friends in the neighborhood as well making many new carving friends at SourcePoint and in the Columbus Chippers Woodcarving Club.
Surviving are his wife Betty J. (Preston) Smith, married for 66 years for whom he wed June 6, 1954; two daughters and sons-in-law, Darice and Mark Allard of Powell, Ohio and Renee and Bob Pharris of Lewis Center, Ohio; two grandchildren, Lindsay and Matthew Allard; one brother, Merle Smith of Plymouth; one sister, Eulalia Myers of Shelby; one sister-in-law; Annie Smith of Mansfield; nieces, nephews and other relatives. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven brothers; Clifford, Gerald, Wilbur, Virgil, Glenn, Orlo Jr and Herschel Smith and two sisters; Evelyn Gundrum and Frances Blankenbeckley.
Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory in Shelby, Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Graveside services will be held following at 1:30 PM in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby, with Pastor Jeffrey Croft officiating. For those unable to attend, Forrest's graveside service will be live streamed via Barkdull Funeral Home's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BarkdullFH.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation at 161 N Clark St Ste 3550, Chicago, IL 60601 or Shelby Help Line at 29 Walnut St, Shelby, OH 44875.
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Shelby Help Line Ministries
29 Walnut St., Shelby OH 44875
American Macular Degeneration Foundation
161 N Clark St Ste 3550, Chicago IL 60601