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Obituary: Inis E. Smith, 82, retired Fairplay merchant

She was the matriarch of a large, respected family, and a retired merchant who operated Smith's Grocery at Fairplay, KY. She was a member of Hadley's Community Church and a homemaker

Inis E. Smith, 82, Fairplay Community, 130 Gilbert Smith Road, Columbia, KY, passed away Friday, November 30, 2007, at 5:42pmCT, at the Commonwealth Regional Specialty Hospital in Bowling Green, KY, after several months illness.

The funeral service will be Monday, December 3, 2007, at 1:00pmCT at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home with Bro. Elbert Hadley and Bro. Clifton Bennett officiating. Interment will be in Haven Hill Cemetery.

She was born October 9, 1925, the daughter of the late James and Sarah Belle Karnes Harvey of Adair County, KY.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Smith, August 18, 1992.

She is survived by the following:
  • One son: Ralph Smith and his wife Sharon, Fairplay, KY

  • One daughter: Ernestine Bennett and husband Kenneth, Columbia, KY

  • Four step daughters: Thelma Spoon, Fairplay, KY; Opal Pinto, Columbia, KY; Carolyn Benningfield, Campbellsville, KY; and Verbia Bennecke, Oak Lawn, IL

  • Seven grandchildren: Dwayne Smith, Elaine Sinclair, Terry Smith, Roger Smith, Angie Janes, Joey Bennett, and Craig Bennett

  • Two step grandchildren: Phillip Cravens and Heather Cravens

  • Six great grandchildren and several step grandchildren and great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    She was preceded in death by one step son, Hubert Smith in 1987. She was preceded in death by six brothers, Arvin Harvey, Luther Harvey, Holland Hugh Harvey, Walton Harvey, Ruel Finis Harvey, and Venus Harvey.

    Mrs. Smith attended Hadley Community Church. She and her husband owned and operated Smith's Grocery Store at Fairplay, KY, and she was a homemaker.

    The family requests visitation after 1:30pmCT on Sunday, December 2, 2007, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary-Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY.

    Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY, is in charge of arrangements.

    Click here to view this obituary, give condolences, and sign the guestbook online at the Stotts-Phelps-McQueary-Funeral Home website.
    This obituary was made possible through the support of Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, established in 1922, located at 210 Greensburg Street in Columbia. To reach Louis and Brenda McQueary and Richard and Mary Beth Phelps, phone 270-384-2145, or call our 24-hour community obituary information line, 384-6999. E-mail: Website URL: Friends you trust, caring for people you love.

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