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Brian L. Smith, 89, of Lebanon, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2017. He was born Dec. 18, 1927, a son of the now late Brian W. and Marie (Reed) Smith.
Brian was a 1945 graduate of Perry Central High School. Following high school, he joined the United States Army and served his country with honor during the Korean War.
He graduated from Franklin College, earning his bachelor's degree in 1950. He then received his master's from Butler in 1955.
Brian married Lois Brookie on Jan. 28, 1950, at the First Baptist Church in Lebanon; she survives. They were happily married for over 67 years.
He lived in Lebanon until 1950, when he moved to Sheridan to teach. He spent 17 years working for the Hamilton, Hancock and Johnson County school systems. He also spent several years working as a principal for Fishers High School and Hancock Central High School, and as assistant principal for Greenwood High School.
In 1976, Brian moved his family back to Boone County, to the land where his great-great-grandfather had settled.
As a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he enjoyed spending time with his family. His first priority was to be a good husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Brian was a member of First Baptist Church, Lebanon; Board of Missions; Diaconate of Board of Missions; Board of Education; and Boone County Retired Teachers.
Survivors include wife, Lois Smith of Lebanon; children, Karen Hood and husband, Bob, of Southern Pines, N.C., John Smith and wife, Sally, of Indianapolis, and Marianne Schenck of Centerville, Ohio; grandchildren, Alison Leigh O'Conner and husband, Patrick, Kaitlyn Marie Smith, Christopher John Smith and Taylor Schenck; great-grandchildren, Lily O'Conner, Grady O'Conner and Jaxon Smith; brother-in-law, Kenny Limp of Lebanon; and nephew, Aaron Everett of Lebanon.
In addition to his parents, Brian was preceded in death by a daughter, Marsha Lynn Smith; and sisters, Phyllis Everett and Rosalie Limp.
Private graveside services were held June 9, at Browns Wonder Cemetery in Lebanon. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the First Baptist Church, 207 E. Washington St., Lebanon.
Myers Mortuary has been entrusted with his arrangements.
Memorials may be made in his honor to the First Baptist Church, 207 E. Washington St., Lebanon, IN 46052.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.
Published on June 12, 2017
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