Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Virgil E. “Junior” Smith, Jr.

Virgil E. “Junior” Smith, Jr. age 64 of Shelby, died Sunday, February 19, 2017 at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus after a brief illness.

He was born May 16, 1952 in Shelby and was a 1970 graduate of Shelby Senior High School. Junior worked at AMF in Shelby until its closing and then worked at Expedx Paper Company and retired from U.S. Holland Trucking Company. He was a huge drag racing and motorcycle racing enthusiast. Junior enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Virgil is survived by his wife of 45 years, Eileen G. (Crowner) Smith, whom he wed on April 8, 1972; 2 children: Scott (Katy) Smith of Crestline and Jill (Tobey) Stoffer of Bucyrus; 4 grandchildren: Gage Stoffer, Hayli Stoffer, Sarah Smith and Tyler Smith; his mother: Annis M. (Potter) Smith of Shelby; a sister: Loretta (John) Barrett of Shelby. He was preceded in death by his father: Virgil E. Smith, Sr. and by his in-laws: Gerald and Edna Crowner.

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the funeral home. Rev. James MacDonald of First United Methodist Church in Shelby will officiate. Graveside services will follow at 2 pm in Sand Ridge Cemetery, Hanover Township, Ashland County. Memorial expressions may be made to First United Methodist Church.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Barry Claytor says:

    So sorry to her about Junior. He was one of my childhood friends. May he Rest in Peace and may his Family be Blessed. Sorry for your loss.

  2. Julie Hensley says:

    Eileen, Scott and Jill , I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and father.
    Praying for strength and guidance during this difficult time.

  3. Mary Martin Bandman says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God hold you in the palm of His hands.

  4. Dawn Berkshire says:

    Eileen, you and I are kindred spirits so I am mourning for you as if it were myself. I truly am thinking of you and wish for calming thoughts, joyous moments with your family, and true peace in knowing that you had 45 years with someone you loved……. Dawn

  5. Danny Cains says:

    Sorry to hear about Virgil,He was a classmate of mine. R.I.P. Virgil.My prayers and thoughts are with the family.

  6. Terri (Perman) Devito says:

    So sorry to hear about Virgil from a classmate of 1970. Thoughts and prayers with your family

  7. Steve & DaWanna says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss Scott!! Hugs and prayers for you and your family!!

  8. Bill and Sue Fairchild says:

    Eileen, Jill, Scott and families,
    Bill and I are so sorry to learn of Junior’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. Sandy Barrett says:

    So sorry for your loss you will all be in my thoughts and prayers

  10. Julie Campbell says:

    Sorry for you loss. Thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

  11. Michael Erchenbrecher says:

    Sorry to hear bout Virgil. He was one of the friendliest people in our class of 1970. Didn’t seem him much after graduation but ran into him while scouting Mansfield Madison many years ago and we had a nice reunion.

  12. Kristi (Shirk) Miller says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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