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Richard Russell Smith, Sr

Obituary Date: Monday 11th October 2021

Richard Russell Smith, Sr., age 84, of Cleveland, passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021.

Mr. Smith was born on January 8, 1937, in Hogansville, Georgia, to the late Robert Russell and Sallie Kate Jackson Smith.  He was retired from the banking business and was a member of Cleveland First Baptist Church.  Richard was also a member of Yonah Lodge 382 F&AM for 54 years and a member of Yaarab Shrine.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jesse and Lila Childers.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Childers Smith; son and daughter-in-law, Russ and Tracy Smith; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Johnny Saxon; daughter, Kathy Smith; grandchildren, Emma and Matt Cowart, and Carly and Josh Adam.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Thursday, October 14, 2021, at The Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home.  The Rev. Dennis Turner will officiate.  Interment will follow at Yonah View Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home and from 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home, prior to the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cleveland First Baptist Church – P.O. Box 250, Cleveland, GA 30528 or Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital – 1575 Northeast Expressway, Atlanta, GA 30329.

To share a memory or to leave an online condolence from the family, please visit

Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland.

Funeral Date
10/14/2021 at 3:00PM
Funeral Home
Barrett Funeral Home
(706) 865-3101
118 N Brooks St, Cleveland 30528