Mount Vernon News
  • Eugene Smith

  • April 28, 2011

DANVILLE — M. Eugene “Boomer” Smith, 82, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.

He was born Sept. 6, 1928, in Belmont, W.Va., to Mary Sue (Cantner) and Charles A. Smith. He married his loving wife of 61 years, Naomi C. (Speckman), on April 16, 1950. He retired in 1993 from Cooper Energy Services after 45 years. He was a muzzleloader/gun collector and builder and a longtime NRA member. He was president of the Danville Athletic Boosters for several years, and was a former football and baseball player and enthusiast, he loved watching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren play.

He is survived by his wife, Naomi of Danville; a son, Gregory L. Smith (Nancy) of Danville; a daughter, Connie J. Thomas (Steve) of Howard; grandsons, Jeremy L. Stake and Brian E. Smith (Cassie), both of Danville, Travis Thomas (Brandy) of Mount Vernon, and Zach Thomas (Mindy) of Howard; a granddaughter, Stacy Shultz (Jim) of Danville; great-grandsons, Cayden and Brandyn; great-granddaughters, Brianna, Tess and Sophie; nieces, Sherrie Holmes (Jim), and Jane Addair (Mike) of Danville; and a nephew, John Loyd (Mary) of Danville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Kathryn Loyd; and a nephew, David Loyd.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville. Stan Ratliff will officiate. Burial will follow in Workman Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Danville Athletic Boosters, c/o Lanna Staats, 28388 Jelloway Road, Danville, OH 43014; or to a charity of your choice. Visit

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