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Franklin G Smith

Franklin Garner Smith, age 68 of Paducah died Friday, October 13, 2017 at John Cochran Veterans Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  He was born the son of the late Willard Smith and the late Jo Nell Cole Smith. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.  He was a retired hairdresser, and was a deacon at Highland Baptist Church.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Keeling & Goodman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his son: Jon Paul Smith (Terrilyn) of Paducah; his daughter: Eve Smith of Paducah; his brother Ronald Smith of Cadiz; and his two grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Yvonne Smith; and his sister: Cynthia Hunt.

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To the family of Franklin Smith, I have been a dear friend of Franks for maybe 30 years.I first met him in the Wedgwood Beauty Salons. He did my hair and I was hooked ever since. He was sure a professional.People would stop me and ask who did your hair,and I would tell him.I was so proud of his work that our friendship and hair appts.went on for 30 years. My mother lived out of town. And I would get him to do hers too.Frank was more than a hairdresser, he was a dear friend for many years.Someone who you could talk to and he would give me advice.He loved his family,those grandkids he was so proud of.When we would come in for our hair he was proud to show off the new pictures he took.He'd open that book and I can just hear him now say how much fun he had with his grandkids over the weekend..He was worst than a photographer, pictures all the time and smiling from ear to ear.Alot of people loved Frank,and I was one,He's all of our Guardian angels now,and someday I'm hoping I will see him again,in heaven teaching Sunday school,or doing peoples hair, but probably relaxing with his wife who greeted him at the door as he passed.Frank your kindness to me and so many will be great fully missed so much. Wished I could be there like you so I could introduce you to my family.Much Love and prayers to your family. Sharon Kingcade

Sharon Kingcade Oct 20 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Family: My name is Diana (Baker) Venters, I went to school with your father. I thought of him as a nice person. I had him fix my hair 2 times. We caught up about old times. He told me of his life and how much he loved his son and daughter. He fixed my sister-in-laws hair for years. I called and told her of his death. Her name is Joan (Buryn?). I'm so sorry for your loss, and wish you both the best of life. Diana.

Diana Oct 18 2017 12:00 AM

Frank has been a friend to my family for a while. Will never forget the cobblers he would make on the camp fire for everyone. Always enjoyed himself camping in TN. And swimming in the creek. He was always blessing others around him. Rest in Peace friend .prayers to his family.

Tony Keeling Oct 18 2017 12:00 AM

I just read about the recent death of Franklin and I know the Smith family and loved ones have saddened hearts today. So I wanted to share beautiful scripture where our heavenly Father, Jehovah God (Psalm 83:18), promises us that he is going to do away with man's greatest enemy, death. Rev. 21: 4; "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. Isaiah 33:24 guarantees us: "And no resident will say "I am sick," ever again. God's kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for at Matt. 6: 9, 10 will bring about these wonderful promises, including the resurrection. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are all guaranteed a resurrection. (John 5:28, John 6:40, John 11:23-25) Also, Titus 1: 2 tells us this promise of a resurrection: "is based on a hope of the everlasting life that God, who cannot lie, promised long ago." Isaiah 26:19 "Your dead will live......And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life." Isaiah 25:8 "He will swallow up death forever. For Jehovah himself has spoken it." For more comforting scriptures please visit: http://bit.ly/1K38EFt. It has given me hope, strengthened my faith and helped me find the answer to Why? I know it will do the same for you. John 17:3 Jehovah invites you to throw all your burdens on him and he will sustain you in your time of grief. Psalm 34:18 It is my prayer this scripture will give you comfort in your grief. If you feel up to contacting me, my email address is: myranj@centurytel.net
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M J Jarmon Oct 18 2017 12:00 AM

I am sorry to hear of Frank's passing. I probably spent as much childhood time with him as anyone besides Aunt Bessie - his grandma. I saw him regularly up until he joined the AF. He never gave anyone any trouble and always seemed upbeat and pleasant. I always see him in my memories with Aunt Bessie - those two were really close as were mother and I with Aunt Bessie. Even though I hadn't seen him lately, I'll miss knowing he's in the world. God Bless you.

Carolyn Younker Keeley Oct 17 2017 12:00 AM