William Robert Smith

SMITH, William Robert, aka “Cowboy Billy Smith”, 74, of Steubenville, OH, died Friday, Dec. 20, 201,3 at his home.

He was born June 5, 1939, in Greene, Missouri, a son of the late John and Murrell Garrison Smith.

He was a member of Wintersville Baptist Temple, PNA, Polish Club and Cadiz Sportsmen Club. He was a professional boxer in the flyweight division, boxing in 30 professional fights. He won the Golden Gloves in the flyweight division. After his boxing career he went to work for the City of Steubenville.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Frances Thompson and brother, Jake Smith.

Surviving are his wife, Velma J. “Warden” Everhart Smith whom he married on Jan. 21, 1974; daughter, Rae (Chad) Ogden of Steubenville, OH; two grandsons, Joshua and Dustin Ogden both of Steubenville, OH; two brothers Carl (Loraine) Smith of Richmond, OH and Walter “Mouse” (Linda) Smith of Sparta, MO; sister, Louise “Pistol” (Jim) Ward and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may come to Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home, Wintersville on Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and at Wintersville Baptist Temple on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. John Beard officiating.

Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Jewett, OH.