Kenneth Harold Smith
May 23, 1926 – March 18, 2021
Kenneth Harold Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 23, 1926. He was the eleventh child of fifteen born to Elijah and Priscilla Smith, who along with thirteen siblings preceded him in death. At an early age, he accepted Christ. He attended Doolittle School in Chicago and was later drafted into the US Navy during World War II. During President Barack Obama’s term, Kenneth received an honorary appreciation letter for his service in the military. Shortly after his discharge, he repaired shoes under the GI Bill and later met and married Mary Lou Tillman (deceased) and from this union, they had a daughter, Linda Joyce.
In 1951, Kenneth met and married Nadine Poole (deceased) and from this union they had six children, William, (deceased) Victoria, Kenneth (Michael), Pamela, Jeffery, and Bonita. He was driven and a good provider for his family, he worked at Western Electric as a Machinist in Cicero, Illinois for 30 years. He was also skilled as a presser for a local dry cleaner business until he retired.
In 1982, he met and married his soulmate and confidant, Darlene MacDonald. Once this union began, they were inseparable. In 1998, they relocated from Chicago to Las Vegas where they continued to create jewelry, travel, and play bid whist (he was an avid bid whist player and could run a Boston like nobody’s business). He LOVED baseball, watching old western movies, entertaining family and friends. In nine decades plus, there is a lot to say about Kenneth. He has done and seen a lot; however, to sum it up, he was a joy and pleasure to be around. He was the talker of the family, made others smile and feel good about themselves.
Kenneth departed this life on March 18, 2021. He leaves to cherish his memory; his devoted wife Darlene, two sons four daughters, two sons in law; Willie Coleman (Pamela), and Dennis Webb (Bonita), one sister, Bessie Tate, one sister in law, Ferdie Smith, nine grandchildren, twenty six great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
Kenneth has touched the lives of so many and will be truly missed!
Psalms 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.