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Ezra M. Smith

May 23, 1941 — October 31, 2023

Ezra M. Smith, 82, of New Castle went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at Henry Community Health. He was born May 23, 1941 in New Castle to the late Lenard and Haida (Neal) Smith.

Ez worked at Diamond Container “Box Factory” and later retired from Commercial Vinyls. He then worked for Marcum Funeral Home for 10 years then Marsh Supermarket, WalMart, and Rural King. Ez loved bluegrass music and playing his mandolin and guitar. He would meet and play with many groups throughout the week. He also enjoyed woodworking, working in his yard and gathering with his buddies. Ez had a strong faith in God and was a longtime active member of The Sanctuary of New Castle.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Virginia “Jenny” (Jaynes) Smith; daughters, Rebecca “Becky” (Michael) Grose, Kathy (Kevin) Weesner and Sherry Jaynes; grandchildren, Sarah Mills, Maxwell Grose and Korbin Weesner; bonus granddaughter, Jessica Grose; great grandchildren, Carolyn Mills, Hayden Altherr, Xion Altherr, Charlotte “Carly” Mills, Ezekiel Grose, Ezra Mills and Sailor Grose; siblings, Barbara (Herman) Riggs and Odell (Pat) Guffey and several nieces and nephews who affectionately call him Uncle Ezie.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Peggy Smith; siblings; Dudley Guffey, Cordell Guffey, Mary Akins, Emerine Guffey, Dick Guffey, Russell Guffey, Jr. Smith, Everett Earl Smith.

Services will be at 12:00 p.m. Monday, November 6th, 2023 at The Sanctuary of New Castle, 2208 Broad Street New Castle, IN 47362 with Pastor Jeff Jaco officiating. Burial will follow at South Mound Cemetery-West Lawn Addition. Visitation will be from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 5th at the Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle. You may express condolences or share a memory of Ez at .
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Sunday, November 5, 2023

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