Kevin Smith

Kevin Scott Smith, 34, of Fairmont, formerly of Elkins, passed away from this life peacefully Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, following an extended illness.

He was born October 11, 1979, in Odessa, Texas, the son of Debra L Smith of Elkins and Ricky D. Smith of Odessa, Texas.

He was a graduate of Elkins High School with the class of 1997. He studied graphic arts at Fairmont State University. Kevin worked as a sales associate for Mountaineer Mart and served as president of the West Virginia Environmental Council. He was an artisan and owner of North Central Neckorations Jewelry. He was an avid music lover, surrounding himself with the music he loved up until the time of his passing and attended many concerts during his lifetime.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth M. Phares of Elkins. Also surviving are several aunts and uncles, Michael S. Phares (Katherine) of Pageland, S.C., Charles R. Phares of Hyannis, Mass., Bobby L. Smith (Jana) of Brownsville, Texas, Elizabeth J. Phares of Elkins, Annette K. Weiford (Blake) of Elkins and Rose M. Sanders (Terry) of Bowden. Kevin also enjoyed the company of his many cousins and especially his best friend, James E. Zabolotny Jr.

The family will receive friends at Ford Funeral Home, DeGarmo Chapel, 207 Second St., Rivesville, WV 26588 Saturday, Nov. 30, from 4 until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 until 2 p.m. The funeral service will be in the funeral home Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Michael S. Phares officiating. A private committal service will be conducted on a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to West Virginia Environmental Council, P.O. Box 1007, Charleston, WV 25324. Online condolences may be made to the family at