Edison 'Dean' Smith

Edison "Dean" Smith, born Sept. 30, 1949, in Floyd County, Ky., passed away on July 5, 2019, at 8:20 a.m., at Parkview Randallia Hospital in Fort Wayne, after a short illness with cancer.

He was the son of Henry and Dulcie Smith, Floyd County, Ky., who preceded him in death.

He married Louise (Cooper) Smith on July 20, 1970, who also preceded him in death on Feb. 25, 2007.

He retired from Wabash Alloys in March of 2005.

Dean is survived by two half-sisters, Nancy Snavely, of Tennessee, and Diana Parsons, of Indiana.  He is also survived by three brothers, Elmer Griffey, of Wabash, Moses Griffey, Ligionier, and George Griffey, of Prestonburg, Ky.  Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Mary Frank and Becky Ritter, of Macy; one stepson, Tony Nelson, of Wabash; one step-granddaughter, Jennie Barshney, and six step-grandsons, Lance, Frank Jr., Jason, Chad Nelson, David and John.

He was preceded in death by brothers Henry Griffey, of Clearwater, Fla., Paul Griffey, of Prestonburg, Ky., Ester Griffey, of Wabash, Ellis Griffey, of Roann, and six sisters also preceded him in death, Marie Skeens,of Floyd County, Ky., Martha Jane Murpy, of Prestonburg, Ky., Ruth Blankenship, of Pikeville, Ky., Lydia Dye and Dora Alice Dials, both of Wabash.
Dean also leaves a host of nieces and nephews.

Dean, as the family called him, loved to fish, garden and visit with family.  He attended Christian Heritage Church, of Wabash.  He will truly be missed by family and friends.

Per Dean's request, there will be no viewing or funeral services.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Funeral services have been entrusted to McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Posted on 2019 Jul 11