On May 29, 2023, Jacob Christian Smith, age 31, of Tanglewood Road, Pulaski, pἀssed away. Timothy Mark Smith and Mary Katherine Ruby welcomed Jacob into the world on August 27, 1991, in Grove City. He attended New Castle School of Trades to study electrical technology after receiving his diploma from Wilmington High School in 2010.
As “Jake,” he was a member of Local 66’s labor union and an operation engineer there. His church of affiliation was the New Bedford Evangelical Church. In addition to camping with his friends, Jake also liked to go hunting, play golf, race dirt bikes, and watch races at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway.
Trenton Sowers, who was his best friend, was constantly a part of these events. Jake has always had a penchant for everything that has a motor, even as a small child. He enjoyed riding race cars, snowmobiles, dirt motorcycles, tractors, four-wheelers, snowmobiles, and eventually, a Harley Davidson.
When they were little, Jake and his sister Emily, or as she called him “Pookie,” were inseparable. They were always giggling, having fun, or plotting their next misadventure. Their connection was unbreakable. Despite the distance between them as they grew into adulthood, they remained each other’s confidants, guardians, and closest supporters.
His parents, his sister Emily Kristine Downs of Sherman Oaks, California, his paternal grandmother June Smith of New Bedford, several aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as his beloved stepdaughter Kensington Ivory Stoop “Kenzie,” who made his life full of joy and love, survive Jacob.
Russel B. Smith, his paternal grandfather, and Dr. James and Nancy Ruby, his maternal grandparents, both passed away before him. Jacob’s sense of humor, contagious smile, and the pleasure, love, and happiness he brought to his family and friends will live on in our memories forever.
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Visitation will take place at New Bedford Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 151 Woodland Drive, Pulaski, on Sunday, June 4, 2023, from 3 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held in New Bedford Evangelical Presbyterian Church on Monday, June 5, 2023, at 11 a.m. The fellowship hall will afterward host a luncheon.
The family requests that donations be made in Jacob’s honor to the New Bedford EPC Church or a cause that is dear to your heart rather than sending flowers. Smith Funeral Home in New Wilmington has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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