Buddy James Smith, 80, of Paducah went to be with his Lord and Savior at 5:44 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Lourdes hospital of Paducah.
He is survived by his two daughters, Gaye Lyne Dickey and husband Tommy of Paducah, Sheri Lee Davis and husband Richie of Tallahassee, Fla.; three brothers, Bill Smith, Roy Smith, Bob Smith; two sisters, Francis Staley, Ernistine Foster; five grandchildren, Nathan McDowell and wife Jewel of Benton, Nicholas McDowell and wife Brandy of Paducah, Joshua Davis, Alex Davis, Maegan Mansfield and husband Levi of West Paducah; five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Lala Mae Smith; and his parents, John Ernest Smith and Jennivie (Haynes) Smith.
Buddy Smith was born in McCracken County. He graduated from Reidland High School and Paducah Junior College. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute. He was a Registered Land Surveyor, a Professional Highway Engineer, a Professional Civil Engineer and a Professional Sanitary Engineer. Mr. Smith served four years in the United States Air Force and was employed by the Illinois Central Railroad for 16 years. He served as McCracken County engineer from 1967 to 1990. During that time, he was the Paducah-McCracken County DES director and county landfill manager.
Mr. Smith was the general manager for H & G Construction Company in Kuttawa, Kentucky from 1990 to 1994. He was on the Kentucky Transportation Center Advisory Board. He served as Paducah’s interim city engineer in 1996. He held a position as the city and county project engineer and advisor. Mr. Smith was an Honorary Colonel in the Kentucky State Police, an Honorary Colonel with the Civil Air Patrol, and was named Honorary Mayor of Paducah in 1979.
He received the McCracken County Fiscal Court Achievement Award, the Commonwealth of Kentucky Outstanding Service Award in Emergency Services, and the South Side Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Year Award, as well as the Paducah Kiwanis Club Service Award. He was also awarded the Kentucky Educational Television Appreciation Award and Community Service Awards from both the Hendron and Reidland Lions Clubs. In 1999 and 2009 he was awarded the Distinguished Citizen of the Year from the Paducah Area Chambers of Commerce. He was a Veteran of the Air Force during the Korean War. He was known throughout the community for his dedication and service to local veterans. He was a longtime member of Oaklawn Baptist Church of Paducah, a congregation that was close to his heart.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Oaklawn Baptist Church of Paducah with Rev. Royce Dukes officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens of Paducah.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2013, at Oaklawn Baptist Church of Paducah.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Veterans Day Program, Lyon Co. Elementary, P.O. Box 292, West Paducah, KY 42086.
Hughes Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.
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