Smith, L.E. (Eugene)

Updated: Wed 3:12 PM, Oct 02, 2013
Funeral Home: Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home
L.E. (Eugene) Smith, 91, of Bowling Green, passed away at his residence Sept. 30, 2013.

Mr. Smith was the son of the late Asher William and Elsie Snell Smith. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, Evelyn Stahl Smith; one brother; Asher William Smith Jr., two sisters; Mildred Smith Willis and Dorothy Smith; daughter-in-law; Sandra Simpson Smith; and an infant great-granddaughter.

He was a graduate of Hadley High School. Mr. Smith was a lifelong farmer and agribusiness man. He was the owner of Smith’s Sweet Feed Mill, Pan-American Mills and Smith’s Southside Feed & Grain. He was a current member of First Baptist Church, where he served as deacon. Mr. Smith also served as Sunday school superintendant and deacon at Barren River Baptist Church for many years. He has served for 62 years as Clerk/Treasurer of the Warren Association of Baptists. He was past Warren County Soil Conservation Treasurer, board member of the Warren County Water District, president of Warren County Farm Bureau and a board member of the Kentucky Feed and Grain Association.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Smith; a daughter; Ellen Smith Alexander (Jerry) of Bella Vista, Ark.; two sons, Larry Gene Smith and Billy Ray Smith, both of Bowling Green; one step-son, David Sheets of Brooklyn, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Cindy Smith Crume (Gene), Kelly Smith (Kristin), Heather Smith Ragan (Chris), Leslie Smith Carter (Phil), the Rev. Rob Alexander (Sara), Beckah Alexander Emeterio (Frank) and Josh Alexander (Kelly); 21 great-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law, Arthur Willis, Norman Stahl (Emily) and Harold Stahl (Betty); one sister-in-law, Reba Stahl Fox; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday at First Baptist Church and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with burial to follow in Barren River Baptist Church Cemetery. Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Hospice of Southern Kentucky; Warren Association of Baptists; or the charity of one’s choice. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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