CARBONDALE — Paul Edward Smith passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
Paul was the firstborn of Charles and Mary (Schumacher) Smith, born May 15, 1941, in Carbondale.
He married Marylyn Sue Miller on Sept. 29, 1959, and they raised their two children together, Paula Sue and Michael. Later he married Joan Andrews Durrett on May 6, 1984, and they had many wonderful years together.
He spent his life as a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He grew up in the automotive business and was a well-respected auto mechanic for many years, and along with his family ran Smith Dodge Inc. as its president after his mother and father retired.
Paul had many accomplishments in his life; he was a self-starter and a lifelong learner. There was no challenge big enough for Paul and he could do anything whether it was electrical, plumbing, taxes, real estate, home improvement or rebuilding/restoring cars and boats. He loved to boat and camp, and spent a lot of time at Crab Orchard Lake and river boating with family and friends. At 50, he got his pilot license and loved to fly his Cessna. He a proud member of EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association), Elks, Eagles and was a man of faith. All who knew him could always depend on him to help them. He left a wonderful legacy of unconditional love and friendship.
Paul is survived by his daughter, Paula Sue Smith (Keith) Feigenbaum; siblings, Phil (Wilma) Smith, Pam (Gordon) Rands, Penny Smith (Karl Prusacki), Perry Smith (Jamie Wynn); grandchildren, Eric Goff (Shannon Hunter) and Alex Schmidgall; great-grandson, Liam Eric Bollinger Schmidgall; stepsons, Jeff (Yumiko) Hoskins and Chris Hoskins, residing in Tokyo, Japan; stepdaughter-in-law, Shawn (Terry) Hoskins of Dallas, Texas; step-grandsons, Steven Hoskins, Dallas, Texas, Daniel Hoskins, Newalla, Oklahoma, and Ginga Hoskins, Japan; and step-grandaughter, Amber Mendoza; step-great-grandchildren, Emmett Hoskins, Chelsea Garrett and Wade Garrett; and nieces and nephews, Ami Smith (Mike) Bowen, Katie Rands (Greg) Wharton; Jennie (Cody) Christopherson, Hilary (Tim) Cook, Geoff (Emily) Rands, Julia Rands (TJ) Peper, and Dillon Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joan; son, Michael; stepson, Terry Hoskins; niece, Kim Smith; and nephew, Phillip Smith.
Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 14, in Walker Funeral Home. A brief memorial was at 6:30 p.m. A life/birthday celebration will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. For details contact Paula Smith Feigenbaum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is asked that there be no flowers please. Donations may be made in his name to the Shriner's Hospital.