Samuel Smith, age 74, went home to be with his wife on October 22, 2023. Born in New Harrisburg, Ohio, he graduated from Carrollton High School in 1967. After graduating, he joined the Marines where he fought in the Vietnam War from 1967-1969. He married the love of his life, Cheryl, in 1978 and they were married for 42 years until she passed away in 2020. Sam and his wife enjoyed traveling, taking their loyal dog, Buster, on walks, and attending numerous local car shows.
Sam resided in Louisville where he lived with his beloved cat, Bug. Retired for many years, Sam enjoyed race cars, motorcycles, and fishing. He especially loved Volkswagen Bugs, swap meets, and working on cars in the garage with his son, Troy. Most of all, he loved his family. He could be seen on the sidelines of his grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren's sporting events. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always kept his family laughing. Family meant everything to him and they loved him dearly. He will be missed beyond words.
Sam was preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl Smith; his parents, Ruth Lucille (Dearth) Smith, Derward H. Smith; his cousin, Louis Pallaye; mother-in-law Lois (Walters) Lawrence; and brother-in-law, Joseph Walters.
He is survived by sons, Todd Phillips (Lisa) and Troy Phillips (Christine); daughters, Tiffany Harris (Scott) and Trisha Lukens (Corey); grandchildren, Samantha Gnau (Ronnie), Ashley Duffield (Cameron), Brock Phillips, Kari Clawson (Matthew), Madison Hochstetler (John), Chase and Colton Lukens; great-grandchildren, Jaxson, Cooper, Abigail, Emma, Anna, Brady, and Hadley. He also leaves behind his loving siblings, Robert, Thomas, Judith, Debra, Derward, Martha, Mark, and Richard.
Per Sam’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral. In lieu of services and flowers, please consider donating to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. https://www.vvmf.org/giving-
Sam's family would like to thank Crossroads Hospice and his loving aides, Stephanie and Alissa, for their kindness and care.