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Walter Hannibal Smith, Jr.

June 3, 1956 — July 11, 2010

SMITH, Walter Hannibal Jr., passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2010. Walter was born in King�s Daughter�s Hospital in Ashland, KY on June 3, 1956 to Christine (Wheat) and Walter Smith, Sr. He is survived by his wife Rhea; his father Walter Sr.; his brother William and sister in law Suzanne; and an amazing niece, Ginny. There are countless wonderful cousins, friends and relations that made his life rich with love. Christine his mother passed three years ago and welcomes her boy home. Walter was Valedictorian of Russell High School in Russell, KY. He graduated from Morehead State University in 1978 with a degree in music, theory and composition. He returned to Morehead in 1982 and completed a computer science degree. It was during his return to Morehead that he met the girl that would become his wife of 24 years. Walt was an amazing woodwind player specializing in saxophone. He performed with numerous bands including Sunburst, Dynasty and the Tommy Dorsey Band. He backed numerous top line acts including Ray Charles, the Four Tops, the Temptations and Mel Torme. Walt will be missed not only for his amazing musical ability, but also for his sharp wit and fine mind. Our loss is great. The family will greet friends on Wednesday, July 14 from 6:00 � 8:00PM at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering, OH. Services are private. In memory of Walt, memorial contributions may be made to The Tenth Life, PO Box 178, Alpha, OH 45301; Condolences may be sent to the family at

Funeral Home:
Kettering Routsong Funeral Home
2100 E. Stroop Rd.
Kettering, OH
US 45429


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Routsong Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Kettering

2100 E Stroop Rd, Kettering, OH 45429

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