Eugene “Gene” Smith, 84 of New Athens went to his final rest Monday, March 14, at Harrison Community Hospital, Cadiz, Ohio. He was born May 18, 1931 in Georgetown, Ohio a son of the late Cora Smith.

Gene was retired from Consol, a member of United Mine Workers of America, former Boy Scout Leader, lifetime member of New Athens Volunteer Fire Department, a faithful member of the New Athens United Methodist Church, a former Athens Township Trustee and enjoyed traveling with members of the Air Streamers.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his twin sister Geraldine DeBertrand.

He is survived by Honnie Johnson, his loving wife for two weeks shy of 68 years; a daughter: Jeanie (Jim) Stanco of Kidron; three sons: Mike (Colleen) Smith of Navarre, Ed (Patti) Smith of LaGrange, KY and Sam (LeeAnn) Smith of New Athens; grandchildren: Michael (Meghan), Stacy (Patrick), Scott, Matt, Chad (Mary Beth), Nikki (Kyle), Craig and Kurt (Breanna); 10 great grandchildren and one on the way; his brother Herb (Charlotte) Boggs of Smithburg, MD and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, March 16 from 1-3 and 6-8 at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, where funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jon Little and Pastor William Burris officiating. Burial will follow at Longview Cemetery, New Athens, Ohio.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the New Athens, UMC, c/o Anna Belle Watson, P.O. Box 67, New Athens, Ohio 43981 or New Athens VFD, c/o Tom Saffell, P.O. Box 65,  New Athens, Ohio, 43981.

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