Earnest Paul Smith, 85, passed away Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at his home in Summersville.
He was born Sept. 14, 1929, in Summersville, son of Homer Albert and Ethel Winnie Belew Smith. He and Bonnie L. Bell were married March 20, 1949.
He was an auctioneer and loved conducting sales at the local sale barn, which he was part owner for many years. He and with his wife, Bonnie, raised beef cattle and calves. Riding horses was a great pleasure to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bonnie L. Smith; an infant son, Earnest Lee Smith; a brother, Lawrence H. Smith; and a sister, Wanda L McNeall.
Survivors include a son, Larry Smith; three grandsons; two great-grandsons; four brothers, Wayne, Merle, Harold and Ronnie; a sister, Beulah E. Bryant; and many other family members.
Services were Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Steelman officiating. Burial was in Summersville City Cemetery.
Online condolences maybe left at bradfordfuneralhome.net.