Richard Franklin Smith

By Charlene Hoeflich

April 30, 2014

THE PLAINS — Richard Franklin Smith, 47, of The Plains, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 6, 1967, the son of Lottie Kidwell Lawson, of Reedsville, and Richard Roy Smith, of Pomeroy. He worked for Forked Run and also as a security guard. He was also a deckhand on the river.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two daughters, Ashley and Shanalle Smith, of Middleport; a special friend, Angie Haning; a brother, William and Kathi Smith, of Ravenswood, W.Va.; a sister, Cynthia Smith, of Texas; and his twin sister Sally Dailey, of Hockingport; two stepbrothers, Robert Lawson, of Reedsville, and Jason and Tonya Lawson, of Reedsville; two stepsisters, Sherry and Greg Taylor, of Middleport, and Amy and Eric Johnson, of Tuppers Plains; a nephew, Shawn Smith; and several other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Josepine and Franklin Kidwell, and Richard and Louise Smith; his stepfather Robert Lawson; two uncles; Eddie Kidwell and Frank Kidwell; and a nephew, Joey Dailey.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014, at White-Schwarzel Funeral Home in Coolville.

There will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the funeral home.

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