Jarrid Decarlo Smith


Jarrid Decarlo Smith was born in Columbia on August 20, 1976. He was the third son born to Ruth Ann Smith and the late Jerry L. Smith. He passed from this life to claim his heavenly reward on Tuesday, August 22 at Norton Hospital, Louisville. As a child, he was given the nickname “Bam,” a name that stuck with him all throughout his life. In fact, if anyone referred to him as Jarrid, no one knew who they were talking about.

At an early age Bam dedicated his life to Christ at First Baptist Church, Columbia. He was a graduate of Adair County High School and I.T.T. Technical College, Louisville.

Bam had the biggest heart, and he had a great and abiding love for his family and friends. He was very generous with his time, helping anyone at any time, with whatever they needed and he did so without hesitation. He loved working on cars, spending time with his daughter, going to the Beech Bend racetrack, and working on any electronic device brought to him. He was great at it as evidenced by the number of family and friends that depended on him to fix their gadgets.

Bam was preceded in death by his father, Jerry L. Smith; three uncles, Charles Hughes, Eugene “Dukie Hughes and Danny Hughes; one aunt, Brenda Hughes; maternal grandparents, Bill and Bessie Hughes; and paternal grandmother, Ethel Smith.

He leaves to cherish his memories his mother, Ruth Ann Smith, three brothers, Darrin “Speedy” Smith and Aundrae (Fay) Smith of Columbia, and Shayne Smith of Bardstown; a daughter, Reynah Smith of Elizabethtown; three nieces, Vakerria (Nick ) Coffey of Columbia, Milana Smith of Radcliff, and Asian Smith of Nashville; two nephews, Daquan Smith of Columbia, and Martel Smith of Radcliff; a great nephew and great niece, Keyari Coffey and Nella Coffey of Columbia. Several aunts, uncles and a host of other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 27, 2023 at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Darrin “Speedy” Smith, Daquan Smith, Everrick “Moe” Bradshaw, Nick Coffey, Yves White, Ty Smith, Charles “Junie” Hughes and Nathan Lasley.

Honorary pallbearers were Joseph “Tiny” Smith, Shane Hughes, Lynn Hughes, Shawn Johnson and Troy White.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

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