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Ardell Smith Jr.

March 30, 1948 - December 14, 2022


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    Nick Miller says

    The lord just received one of the greatest Uncle’s and men I personally have ever known. Smitty was the kindest most loving uncle’s I could have ever been blessed with. And although I only got to see him every once in awhile he always treated me like I never left Evansville.The world for me has shifted upon his passing. I love you Aunt Patti and thank you for bringing such a great man into the family.

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      Patti Smith says

      Such kind words Nick. He was just that kind of guy wasn’t he. He asked about you and your kids often and missed not being able to attend the get togethers anymore. Know he loved you Deeply. And so, do I!

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    Evansville Eyecare says

    Patti and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Ardell’s passing. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    The Doctors and team at Evansville Eyecare

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    Rodney Underwood says

    Payers to all the family. I bowled with Ardell and Patti. Ardell was one of a kind, super nice friend and a bowler prayers be with all

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    Jim and Nancy Fuchs says

    We are so sorry to hear about Ardell.
    He will definitely be missed.

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    Charles and Michelle Williams says

    Ardell was one of a kind. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. he was truly a phenomenal man.

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Ardell Smith Jr., 74, passed away on December 14, 2022. He was born on March 30, 1948 to Ardell Smith Sr., and Estella (Jones) Moss in Evansville, Indiana.

Ardell was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. Ardell served his country in the United States Air Force, he was a proud Vietnam Veteran. He was an avid fan of IU sports and the Indianapolis Colts. He was a talented bowler; he reached his goal of a score of 300. He was active in his community and devoted many years to projects around Evansville. Ardell enjoyed traveling with his wife, Patti, their favorite spot being Niagara Falls. They loved traveling so much, they began taking their grandchildren on many special trips. Ardell treasured making memories with his family. His grandchildren were his world, he was their go-to and they loved every minute together. The bond he created with his grandchildren was unlike any other. Ardell was a family man, all he did, he did for his family. Ardell will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ardell is survived by his loving wife Patti Smith; mother Estella Moss; children Terry Lynn Holloway, Mireya Smith, Felicia Williams, Dewayne Smith, Tarah Williams, Tim Stevens Jr.; grandchildren Lakisha Smith, Tanesha Shumpert, Brianna Smith, Kianna Smith, DJ Williams, Aisha Williams, Josie Stevens, Tim Stevens III, Elijah Williams, Deacon Williams; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings Shelia Spencer, Deborah Monroe, Charles Moss Jr., Angie Small, Lynne (Charles) Farmer, Sonya (Donnell) Freeman, Gayle Smith, Anthony Smith, Robert (Marcie) Smith; his best buddy Bob Conner “BC” and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Ardell was preceded in death by his father Robert Smith, sisters Phyllis Johnson, Kimberly Smith-Payne, LeeAnn Smith, Stephanie Smith-Powell, step-father Charles Moss Sr., sister-in-law Meredyth Miller, brother-in-law Terry Lampton, mother-in-law Jane Melcher and father-in-law Bill Melcher.

His family would like to extend a special thank you to Heart to Heart Hospice and Dr. Ahmad Jawad for all their care, encouragement, and support during this difficult time.

Visitation will be from 12pm until the time of service at 1 pm on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at Sunset Funeral Home. The service for Ardell will be live-streamed, call Sunset Funeral Home at (812)477-5316 for the login information.