Carl Eugene "Smitty" Smith Jr., 59, of Newcomerstown, passed away Monday, June 27, 2011, in his Newcomerstown residence.

Carl was born in Gassaway, W.Va., Braxton County, on Oct. 19, 1951, a son of the late Mary Belle Cole Smith, Newcomerstown, who died in 2008, and Carl E. Smith, Sr., West Virginia.

Carl was a graduate of Newcomerstown High School, class of 1971. He formerly attended the Newcomerstown Church of Christ.

Carl was employed in the maintenance department of the former Heller Brothers Tool Company, Newcomerstown, where he worked for over 24 years before his retirement in 1996. Prior to this employment, he was a machinist with HERCO Company, Newcomerstown, for a few years. He also worked with the former Jones Tree Services, Newcomerstown, for a few years. During his high school years, he assisted with the grounds keeping for the Newcomerstown School System. He also was a self employed logger and cut and sold firewood, as well as doing various plumbing and electrical jobs. Carl enjoyed outdoor activities, especially mushroom hunting, logging, and working with trees.

In addition to his mother, Carl was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Donna Lynch Smith, Newcomerstown; an infant sister, Betty Smith, West Virginia; and a nephew, Dakota Wagner Smith, Newcomerstown.

Carl is survived by two sons, Levi J. Smith and Nathan E. "Nate" Smith, both of Newcomerstown; two stepsons and two stepdaughters, Josh M. (Susie) Bliss of Abington, Va., Jerry L. (Brittany) Bliss, currently serving overseas with the U.S. Navy, and Amanda "Mandy" S. Bliss and Dawn M. Barbera, both of Newcomerstown; two brothers, Gary L. (Becky) Smith of Newcomerstown and David A. (Joy K.) Smith of Coshocton; two sisters, Donna "Jeannie" (Jason) Dodd of Newcomerstown and Connie "Susie" (Pat) Cumpson of Cleveland; three step-grandchildren; an uncle, Eugene (Emily) Cole of Florida; an aunt, Patty (Gene) Lochner of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

To honor Carl's wishes, his remains have been cremated.

A memorial service to celebrate Carl's life will be held this Saturday, July 9, 2011, at 5 p.m. in the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. Visiting hours will also be held in the funeral home on Saturday from 3 p.m. until the 5 p.m. memorial services.