In loving memory of

Phillip D. Smith
January 20, 1943 - April 22, 2021

Phillip D. Smith, 78, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at his Fairmount residence surrounded by his family.

Phil was born in Madison, Indiana on January 20, 1943, son of the late Clyde W. and Ruby L. (Maxwell) Smith. He attended Summitville High School and married the love of his life, Carolyn "Sue" Persinger on July 13, 1959. She preceded him in death on December 19, 2010. Phil retired from General Motors in Marion after 32 years in 2000. He attended Grant United Methodist Church and spent many years volunteering at Helping Hands. Phil and Sue were honored to be voted as the 2009 Museum Days King and Queen. Phil was a self taught guitar and keyboard player but could play just about anything. He enjoyed playing music with the Family Band and the Sixth and Main Band at family gatherings. Phil was a kind and loving man, a smile always on his face, with a great love and joy for his family. He will be truly missed as the leader of the Smith Family Kitchen Dance.

Phil is survived by five children, Sonji (Rick) Graff, Sandy (Toby) Williams, Shelley (Brent) Zartman, Paul Smith, and Doug (Pam) Smith; sisters, Susie (John) Goldsberry, Pam (Steve) Thomson, Marileen (Ray) Meadows, and Elizabeth Rodney; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and dear friend Sandy Gates.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Faith Smith; brothers, Robert P. Smith and Jackie Walter Smith; and grandson, Jacob Wesley Wiggs.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Fairmount Chapel of Armes-Hunt Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 415 S. Main Street, Fairmount, Indiana where services will be Monday, April 26, 2021. Visitation is from 12-2 PM with funeral service at 2 PM. Pastor Brock Meyer will be officiating. Burial will be at Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fairmount Friends Church in care of Armes-Hunt Funeral Home.

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Jeryl Ricks wrote on Apr 29, 2021:

"so sorry for your loss, another Fairmount icon gone to soon, he will be missed."

Irma Jean Draper wrote on Apr 29, 2021:

"Phil and his family have always been a special part of our family. Our son, Allen, played in a band with him several years ago. Phil and his wife Sue were at our house many times practicing for the band and we shared many wonderful times with them. I have so many wonderful memories of the good times we had together. He was a very special talented musician. He certainly had a God given talent."

Joni Jones Rich wrote on Apr 26, 2021:

"Doug, Sonji, Paul, Sandy & Shelly, I am so sorry for Your loss! Your Dad was such a great guy & I always enjoyed seeing him around Fairmount. Your Dad & Mom were both great helping out with My Parents when they were alive & I will never forget their kindness & caring! Please remember all the great years with Your Dad, I have lots of wonderful memories of growing up next door to the Smith Family! You all are in my thoughts & Prayers! Love Joni"

don & sara spahr wrote on Apr 26, 2021:

"We are thinking of you all with prayers and deepest sympathy. So hard parting with those we love so much."

Julia Schache wrote on Apr 25, 2021:

"Sonji and Rick, Sandy and families, So sorry for your loss, you have our sincere sympathy. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Paul and Julia (Rhodes) Schache"

Greg Cox wrote on Apr 25, 2021:

"Prayers for the Smith family. Phil was a great guy!"

Phil McGhee wrote on Apr 24, 2021:

"I am sorry to hear about Phil. I've been remembering all the good times we had in the 60's when Phil played in the bands in downtown Marion. He will be missed. Your friend, Phil McGhee"

Tony Craw wrote on Apr 24, 2021:

"He Was Such a Great Man "

Nancy Wood wrote on Apr 23, 2021:

"Prayers for the Family"

Linda Magers wrote on Apr 23, 2021:

"Sandy, So So Sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My thoughts are with you and your family."