Marvin Smith

Obituary of Marvin Russell Smith

Marvin Russell Smith, age 94, devoted and loving husband of the late Dorothy Hardin Smith for over 68 years, passed away February 27, 2022 at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky.


Marvin, known affectionately as Russ, was born in Frankfort, Kentucky on November 9, 1927, one of six children of the late Lorenzo B. and Pearl Barker Smith.


Smith was also predeceased by his oldest son, Kenneth B., his three sisters Mary Raiser, Thelma Devers, and Florence Dykes; and his two brothers Floyd Smith and Clarence Smith.


Smith is survived by his five sons: Daryl (Lucia), San Sebastiano, Italy; Tim (Deborah), Cocoa, FL; Tony (Susan), Steven, and Charles (Paula), all of Frankfort.


He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Rome Ames, Alex Smith, Richlands, NC; Jessica (Frederico) Canuto, Milan, Italy; Sameria Poston, Cocoa FL; and Damon Combs; Kymberli Smith, and Shacody Smith, Frankfort; eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.


Smith served his country with the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the battles at Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Saipan, Marianas, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, and the occupation of Japan.  He was awarded the Purple Heart in July 1944 for wounds suffered in action on Saipan.


He retired from the United States Postal Service after 30 years.  He was a 70-year Mason at Hiram Lodge #4, a Kentucky Colonel, and a life member of VFW Post 4075.


Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Legacy Center.  A joint interment will take place at 10:00am on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 with military honors at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County.  An informal celebration of life for Mr. and Mrs. Smith will be held at a later date.


Russ’ family greatly appreciates the extensive and loving care given to him by all the staff and volunteers of Thomson-Hood Veterans Center.  Their devotion and personal kindness to all of our veterans is evident in everything they do, and the Smith family will be forever grateful.  The family also appreciates the end of life care provided to him by the Lexington VA Hospital 5th floor staff and Hospice nurses.


In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be sent to Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, 100 Veterans Drive, Wilmore, Kentucky 40390. 



Graveside Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Camp Nelson National Cemetery
6980 Danville Rd
Nicholasville, Kentucky, United States