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Russell Dean SmithPassing: April 24, 2019


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Tuesday, April 30th @ 11:00 a.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Monday, April 29th @ 4:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.


Lawrenceport Cemetery

Tuesday, April 30th

MITCHELL – Russell Dean Smith, 61, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born March 6, 1958, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Russell Morris and Geneva Faye (Chastain) Smith.

Dean’s life was devoted to farming.   He was a member of the Apostolic Faith Assembly Church in Bedford, and a 1976 graduate of Mitchell High School.

Justin Dean Smith of Mitchell
Madison Grace Smith
mother of his son,
Stephanie Denise Meadows of Bedford
life-long friend,
Carol Hughes of Mitchell
two nieces, aunts, and several cousins

His parents and sister, Rhea Dawn Pyle, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Jim Russell officiating.  Burial will be in Lawrenceport Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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7 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Carol Hughes | http://Mitchell, Ind
    Date: April 30, 2019
    Justin, I don't have the words to describe how truly sorry I am for you and everyone.who loved Dean! He was truly a dad to be proud of. When a preacher says they are going to heaven, sometimes it is to make the family feel better, but I know for a fact where Dean is and that you are assured! He was definitely a fine man! I will be praying for you and your family!!! Sorry that I never got to really know you, but all of my family and friends loved Dean. Never wonder, he is flying high!!!!
  2. Guest: Eddie Hatfield | http://Mitchell Indiana
    Date: April 29, 2019
    Dean, Jim & Jeff T., and Amel R. used to ride around Mitchell together in the mid-late 70's. Very calm and very soft spoken. We went every and any where. Dean usually had to go home early because of farming. Even though he snitched farm tractor gas most of the time, the four of us made MANY a run between Bedford and Mitchell in that Z28 he had at 140+mph on 2 line highway 37! He would say, " guys, how does 140 feel" and laugh! It felt like we were on a cloud as i recall. He was a great friend. Smart. Looking at the picture, i wish i had said hi to him cause i bet we had past by each other. God Bless him.
  3. Guest: Jon Malott | http://Mitchell in.
    Date: April 29, 2019
    Me, Howard Wilcox and Dean running around together when we were all 16 years old, we had some real good times together! I also farmed next to Dean for 40 years. Will miss him very much.
  4. Guest: Sharon Shock | http://N Manchester, IN
    Date: April 29, 2019
    I knew Dean in High School. I know he will be missed. Keep the good memories close.
  5. Guest: Greg and Ann Merrill | http://Miamisburg, Ohio
    Date: April 29, 2019
    Our deepest sympathies to all of you. We remember Dean as a young boy, brother to our beloved Rhea, wife of my brother, Dave. May you find comfort at this sad time.
  6. Guest: Susan Chastain Kay | http://Blaine, Tn
    Date: April 27, 2019
    So sorry to hear this. Have childhood memories of Dean. Condolences to his family.
  7. Guest: Mabel Ann | http://Campbellsburg
    Date: April 27, 2019
    I am so sorry to hear cousin Dean passed. I always enjoyed seeing him at our reunions. I remember visiting when they lived at the big house outside Lawrenceport, which has been very long ago. I miss his dad, he was a character. Hugs to family and his companion.