Dale Gene Smith Sr., 67 - Linn

Dale Gene Smith Sr., age 67 of Linn, West Virginia, (Ellis Road Community), passed away and joined his Heavenly Father late evening Friday September 26, 2014. Dale passed peacefully at home after losing his battle to cancer.

Throughout his battle, Dale remained lively and joyous and used his gift to "gab" to anyone within hearing distance to spread the word of his love for God and lending comfort and peace whenever and wherever he could to those who needed that little extra to help them through their day. Dale also enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, gardening, and wood working. Mostly, Dale loved people..just saying hello and making someone smile was his special gift. Dale was an over the road truck driver for most of his working life. Recently, Dale completed the requirements and became an Ordained Minister. He was a member of the Sand Fork Church of God of Prophecy.

Born March 29, 1947 in Lincoln County, West Virginia, son of the late Joseph Smith and Mabel Baisden Dorado, who survives in New Mexico.

On September 15, 1990, Dale was united in marriage to Dianna Wright Smith, who survives at their Ellis Road home.

Surviving are 5 children, Kellyjo Benn of Illinois, Donna Smith and Companion Jeff Nelson of Ohio, Dale "Boone" Smith Jr. and wife Vera of Ohio, Bobbie Andrews and husband Tellus of Ohio, Billie Gregory and husband David of Ohio, and 1 stepson, James Wright and wife Tina of Pennsylvania, 3 brothers Hubert Smith and wife Linda of Logan, West Virginia, Jack Smith of Florida, and John Smith and wife Pat of New Mexico.

There are 13 grandchildren surviving, Samuel Smith, Michael Benn, Matthew Smith, Alexis Nelson, Samantha Smith, Destiny Smith, Nikki Smith, Savannah Smith, Ryan Kidder, Tellus Andrews Jr., Haley Andrews, Russell Gregory, and James Wright, and 3 great-grandchildren, Ashton Smith, Eleigh Benn, James Wright and one on the way.

Along with his father, Dale was preceded in death by 1 grandson, Jacob Gregory.

Visitation will be conducted at the Church of God of Prophecy, Sand Fork, West Virginia, on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 4-7 p.m.

At Dale's request he will be cremated following visitation and a Memorial Service will be conducted at the Church of God of Prophecy at a later date with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Dale Smith with arrangements.