Herbert Eugene Gene ‘Cowboy’ Smith

Herbert Eugene Gene ‘Cowboy’ Smith

Herbert Eugene Gene “Cowboy” Smith, 64, of Kevil, Ky., died Thursday, April 1, 2021, at his home. 

He was born on Dec. 14, 1956, in Advance, Mo., the son of Herbert N. and Ruby Mae Dodd Smith. 

He married Jesse Smith and they had two children together. He later married Jolee Koehler. 

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Jolee of Kevil, Ky.; a son, James (Angie) Smith of Dongola; two grandchildren, Katie and Lexie; his mother, Ruby Mae Smith of Aberdeen, Miss.; three brothers, Larry (Sabrina) Smith of Jonesboro, Tom Smith and Buddy (Candy) Smith, all of Aberdeen, Miss.; his first wife, Jesse Smith; and many other relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert N. Smith; and by a daughter, Rebecca Smith.

Mr. Smith honorably served in the Army National Guard. He was a union carpenter for many years. He was so talented in so many things, including painting, gardening, songwriting and plucking the strings on his guitar. His smile, contagious personality and sense of humor will be missed most of all. 

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, with the Rev. Danny Jones officiating. 

Interment will be in McCrite Cemetery in Tamms. Friends can call after 11 a.m. and until the service hour at 1 p.m. Thursday, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. 

Everyone attending will be required to wear face coverings and to observe social distancing guidelines. Maximum occupancy of the building will be limited to 50 persons at one time.  

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

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