Gene NeSmith

  • Born: November 30, 1941
  • Died: October 13, 2021
  • Location: Owensboro, Kentucky

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory

900 Old Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303

Tel. (270) 683-1505

Tribute & Message From The Family

Elbert Eugene NeSmith, 79, of Owensboro, began his next adventure on Wednesday morning, October 13, 2021, leaving from the Heartford House with the care of Hospice. He traveled with a smile on his face in belief in his heart.
Gene was born on November 30, 1941, in Owensboro, to the late Elbert W and Anna M NeSmith. In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his brothers, Danny NeSmith and David Nesmith; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Anna Rhea and Duff Gray; and his grandson, Matt Welsh.

Gene retired working as a manager and a technician from AT&T-BellSouth and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers. He enjoyed life and there was always a smile on his face when he was with friends. Fishing trips, card games, target practice and a whole lot of BBQ cooking filled his calendar. Some of his very close friends were known to test his smile by placing blanks in his gun when target shooting and tying a string to make his fishing pole bell jingle while night fishing, to watch him run up and down the hillside while they were camping. All of his telephone family brought much laughter, fun, and great memories to his life.

Gene served in the Air Force and received an honorable discharge from active duty based in the Warner Robins Georgia AFB in 1963. He was proud to serve his country and enjoyed continuing to hear the many stories from his friends of their service time. He shared his particular memory of being active during the Cuban Missile Crisis and understood how all of those who serve are to be respected and appreciated. Gene was a member of AMVETS 119 and the Fratneral Order of the Eagles 4168.

Gene is survived by his wife, Sharon Gray NeSmith, and they worked, played, and danced together through life for 42 plus years. He was fortunate to add additional friends throughout his many endeavors with Sharon by his side and together they enjoyed life for each day it brought. Gene is also survived by his daughters, Syrina Kay Thompson (David), Sandy NeSmith (Clayton Mouser), and Sherri Nesmith (Tim Mattingly); his step-son, Michael Stewart (Teresa); his grandchildren, Chelsie, Dustin, Lexi, Lindsey, Jay Hunter, Mikey, Adam, and Bryson; 8 great-grandchildren; his brother-in-law, Jeff Gray (Teresa); his sister-in-law, Jenny Nesmith; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The funeral service will be 2pm Friday at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be from 10am until 2pm Friday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Saving Paws Animal Rescue of KY, 2770 Wayside Drive East, Owensboro, KY 42301; or to the VFW Post 696, 311 West Veterans Blvd., Owensboro, KY 42301.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Sharon I just found out about Gene. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Joan Connelly - Louisville, KY - Friend   October 27, 2021

Sharon - so sorry our message was addressed to 'Sherry' rather than Sharon - and CD's name was supposed to be on there too - not sure what happened... Thoughts are with you on this journey of grief...

Posted by Paulette & CD Stinnett - Louisville, KY - friend   October 17, 2021

Sharon, We are so sorry to see that Gene has passed away. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. It is hard to believe that so much time has passed since we started with South Central Bell. It has been nearly 50 years since Michael Jay would walk to our trailer to see our bird. Tell him hello. You both have our sympathy.

Posted by TRAFTA O'BRYAN - louisville, KY   October 15, 2021

Sharon, Bernard and I are grieving with you as you say goodbye to Gene. Wish we were there to hug you but we are down south.
Praying for you Dear Friend!

Posted by Bernard and Mona Payne - Owensboro, KY - Friend   October 15, 2021


Sharon, my heart breaks for you! I'm sure that Gene and Richard are reminiscing about the old days. They both lived life to the fullest and I hope that you can find some solace in that.

Posted by Susan Smith - Owensboro, KY - Friend   October 15, 2021

Sherry & family - we are so sorry for your loss of Gene/dad/grandpa. What a character! He lived life to the fullest! May your many happy memories bring you comfort.

Posted by Paulette Stinnett - Friend   October 15, 2021

I know Gene will be missed by so many. I always had respect for him as my manager in the middle 70s. His sweet wife, Sharon, was a friend a long time before I knew Gene. God bless you and your family as you begin this journey without him. He was loved.

Posted by Sherri Hendrix - Louisville, KY - Friend   October 15, 2021

Sharon and family,
My deepest condolences on your loss of Gene, a great man who loved his family, friends and community.
My prayers for peace and comfort during this most difficult time.

Posted by Larry Mayfield - Owensboro, KY - Friend   October 14, 2021


Sharon, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Posted by Lyna and Jerry Johnson - Ft Myers Beach, FL - Family   October 14, 2021


Sending heartfelt condolences to Sharon and all family and friends. Sherry and Steve Jones

Posted by Sherry Jones - Owensboro, KY - Coworker   October 14, 2021

Jeff, Teresa & Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts & prayers.

Posted by Diann & Joe Cecil - Owensboro, KY - Family Friend   October 13, 2021

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