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Darren Howard Smith, 43, of Ashland, passed Friday, Feb. 16, 2017.
Mr. Smith was born Dec. 27, 1974, in Dayton, Ohio, to Janet Parks Smith of Ashland and the late Darwin Smith.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Smith.
Darren was a 1993 graduate of Boyd County High School and worked as a Millwright. He had a passion for building street rods and was a master mechanic. He was so talented and loved working with his hands. His hobbies included working on his cars, driving, laughing and listening to music. He was an adrenaline junkie, enjoying riding roller coasters and racing.
He survived by his wife of 18 years, Melinda Spurlock Smith; their precious daughter, Sarah Jane Smith; his mother, Janet Smith; two sisters, Leisha Wells (Joe) of Ashland and Lynn Castle (Randy) of Ashland; his niece, Billie Jo Jefferson; nephews, Ryan Smith, CJ Smith, Brett Wells, and Nicholas Wells; great-nieces, Gabriella and Matalyn Jefferson; and his good friends, John Stone, Lonnie Meadows, Sean Duncan and Bill Killin.
A Memorial Service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at Neal Funeral Home, 2409 Center Street in Catlettsburg with Pastor Frank Hulett officiating. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home..
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sarah Jane Smith's College Fund, PNC Bank, 1000 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101.
Condolences may be sent to kilgorecollierfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 21, 2018
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