Richard E. Smith, 78, Gallipolis, Ohio passed away following a short illness Sunday, November 14, 2021 in Abbyshire Place, Bidwell, Ohio. Richard was born June 8, 1943 in Gallipolis, son of the late Charles and Helen (Northup) Smith. A 1961 Graduate of Gallia Academy High School, he later graduated from the Huntington Business College.
A member of the Army National Guard, he retired after forty plus years of employment by Goodyear, Apple Grove, West Virginia. Richard also worked throughout his life at Shell Chemical, Apple Grove and M&G Polymers in Houston and Mexico.
He was a Hall of Fame Drag Car Racer and a youth football coach serving as the former Commissioner of the Tri-State Youth Football League. He was also a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Gallipolis, Ohio.
He is survived by his children: Paul Smith, Gallipolis, Ohio and Chris (Emmalee Mahaffey-Smith) Smith, Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren: River, Ryder, Noah, Caleb and Daniel Smith and life partner, Patricia Mills, Gallipolis, Ohio.
Funeral services will be conducted 12:00 Noon Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis, Ohio with Rev. Ray Kane officiating. Full Military Graveside Honors to be performed by the Gallia County Veterans Funeral Detail in Mound Hill Cemetery, Gallipolis, Ohio. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday 11:00 AM to the Noon service hour.
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