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William Wade Smith, 81, of Canada, Ky., passed away Wednesday night, December 5, 2012, at his home after a lingering illness.

He was born December 28, 1930, at Stone, Ky., the son of the late Willie and Vada Chapman Smith.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Arminda Smith; two son-in-laws, Harold James Jr. and Jeffrey Thompson; and his mother and father-in-law, Fred and Anna Varney.

Wade was retired from Eastern Coal Corp., a member of the Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church and a veteran of the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Sue Smith of Canada, Ky.; children, David (Sherri) Harris of Canada, Ky., William Wade “Turtle” (Pam) Smith of Canada, Ky., Karen Sue James of Huddy, Ky., Cynthia Thompson of Newport Center, Vt., and Diana (David) Johnson of Lexington Park, Md.; brother, Franklin D. “Roosevelt” (Bobbie) Smith of Winnabow, N.C.; grandchildren, Nathan (Alisha) Harris, Dereck Lee James, Kayla Sue James, Zachary Curtis Smith, Alexandria LaShea Smith, David Briggs, Daniel Briggs, Dezarae Thompson, Kazia Thompson, Ravan Thompson, Destiny Johnson, Dakota Johnson and Carina Williams Briggs; great-grandchildren, Haley, Megan, David, Daniel, Rachel, Mercedes, Jonathan Jeffrey, Kaleigh, Elijiah, Jocelyn, Michael and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be at noon Sunday, December 9, at the Bluesprings Freewill Baptist Church with John Jacobs, David Allen Thacker, Randal Thornsbury, Mike Elswick, David Jr. Coleman, Robbie Worrix and Ricky Worrix officiating. Burial will follow in the Bluesprings Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery, Ransom, Ky., with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Belfry Chapter #141 DAV will conduct military graveside services. Visitation will be held after 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at R. E. Rogers Funeral Home Chapel with special services both nights at 7 p.m.

R. E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.rerogersfuneralhome.com.

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