Mr. Gilbert “Big G” Smith, 72, of Barbourville, passed away Tuesday morning, April 10, 2018 at St. Joseph – London. He was the son of the late Anderson and Prudie Mills Smith born on December 24, 1945 at Fount.
Gilbert was a locomotive engineer with CSX Transportation for over 30 years before his retirement and formerly served as a Knox County School Board member. He was saved on October 29, 2013 and attended the East Barbourville Baptist Church. He enjoyed NASCAR, golfing, was an avid UK basketball and Chicago Bears fan and he could often be found at McDonald’s cutting up with friends. He never met a stranger and dearly loved his family. Gilbert faithfully served his country in the United States Army.
On February 8, 1969, he united with Linda Owens and to this union a daughter was born.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Ethel Chadwell, Lillie Mae Bright, Elsie Smith and Elva Smith; two brothers, Leonard and Cecil Smith and a sister-in-law, Doris Davis.
Survivors include his loving wife, Linda Smith of Barbourville; a daughter, Lisa Gatliff and husband, Nick, of Bimble; four sisters, Sue Gregory of Cranes Nest, Floretta Smith of Woollum, Wilma Smith of Girdler and Lovella Hampton and husband, Donnie, of Woollum; a granddaughter, who he thought the world of, Whitley Gatliff; a sister-in-law, Barbara Norman and husband, Bob; a brother-in-law, Leroy Owens; among other loved ones and dear friends.
His funeral service was conducted in the chapel of the Knox Funeral Home Saturday, April 14 at 1 P.M. with Rev. Josh Smith and Rev. Ricky Broughton officiating. He was laid to rest in the Barbourville Cemetery with military funeral honors.
Casket bearers were Joe Bright, Rob Norman, Sean Hampton, Carlos Bright, Alford Bright and Gary Smith. Honorary bearers were Jordan Hampton, Patrick Ledington, Leroy Smith, Hershel Smith, Glen Dale Smith, Bobby Bright, Jared Saylor, Jeremy Abner and the employees of CSX Transportation.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Knox Funeral Home.