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Marion (Derby) Smith, 88, Columbia, KY (1933-2021)

Marion "Derby" Smith of Columbia passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 88 years old.

The funeral service will be held at 1pmCT on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Steve Martin, Bro. Terry Shelley and Bro. Randy Young officiating. Burial will follow in Haven Hill Cemetery.

Visitation is requested after 10amCT on Sunday.

He was born April 14, 1933, in Adair County, to the late Stanley and Myrtie Willis Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce Wesley Smith on November 29, 2007, one brother, Mason Smith and two sisters, Mary Frances "Shorty" Brockman, Jeanette Gross.

Derby was a member and Deacon of Shiloh Christian Church, a life-long farmer, member of the Adair County Cattlemen's Association, served on the FSA Board for many years and served as Magistrate on the Adair Fiscal Court.

Survivors include:
  • His wife - Phyllis Reeves Smith of Columbia
  • One son and daughter-in-law - David and Julie Smith of Campbellsville
  • Two step-sons - Steven Dale Conover of Jamestown and Gary Cox Conover of Columbia
  • Two brothers - Marvin "Buck" Smith of Columbia and Maurice "Smitty" Smith of Tennessee
  • Three sisters - Sara Tupman of Brandenburg, Margie Dean Burton and Pat Bennett both of Louisville
  • Two grandchildren - Cody Dean Smith and Kyle David Smith
  • Two great-grandchildren - Robby Kyle Smith and Kyler Adrian Smith
  • Several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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Marion (Derby) Smith, 88, Columbia, KY (1933-2021)

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