He was born in Happy, Ky., March 11, 1942, a son and the youngest of six children, of the late Lloyd and Flora (Burdine) Smith. His formative years were spent in the Happy, Ky., area where he graduated from Dilce Combs Memorial High School. He continued his education at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Ky.
On Dec. 30, 1961, he was united in marriage to Wanda Sue Cornett. For the past 57 years the couple have made their home in Columbia City.
In 1963, Peanut joined his brother, Bill Smith, to open Smith Brothers Standard Oil Station. After retiring the business in 2002, he continued to operate Smith Brothers Towing & Recovery with his son, Kent.
Peanut was an avid University of Kentucky Basketball fan and enjoyed hanging out with his family in the pool. He loved to spend time with his grandkids.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Wanda Sue; son, Kent A. (Pam) Smith of Columbia City; daughter, Kristi L. (A.J.) Jordan of Peru; daughter-in-law, Brenda J. Smith of Columbia City; eight grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Smith; brothers, Earl Smith, Bill Smith, Lloyd Jr. “Sarge” Smith; and sisters, Pearl Decker, and Madeline Parke.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, 207 N. Main St., Columbia City. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Happy Freewill Baptist Church, 221 Happy Circle, Happy, KYY 41746 with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow the service at Happy Hill Community Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to your local volunteer Fire Department or Red Bird Mission, 70 Queendale Center, Beverly, KY 40913.