June 15, 1956 ~ December 21, 2020

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

George “Sly” Slyvester Smith, 64 of Owensboro, passed away 9:40 am December 21, 2020 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Sly was born June 15, 1956 in Owensboro to the late Henry Kermit Brown and Geneva Morton Smith.

George was retired from Frantz Cleaning Service, where he worked for 15 years as a technician. Mr. Smith proudly served in the United States Marines. A member of Church of the Living God, Sly loved his church family and neighborhood. He enjoyed cleaning floors and carpets and was an avid Louisville Basketball fan.

Aside from his parents, George is preceded in death by a sister, Brenda White; and a brother, George Michael Riley.

Those left to cherish Sly’s memory are a son, Abel Douglas; goddaughter, Brooklyn Swanagan and godson, Tate Swanagan; siblings, Mary Jackie Smith, Nancy (Keith) Gore, Jonell (Michael) Modock, Brenda Riley, Linda Douglas, Sheila Annie Smith, Karen (Tony) Johnson, and Katie Riley; a host of nieces, nephews and special friends.

A Celebration of Life will take place 1:00 pm Sunday, December 27, 2020 in the Chapel of Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory. Visitation will take place from 12:30 pm to the time of the celebration.

All who wish to honor Sly at the Celebration of Life are required to wear a mask while inside the funeral home for the safety of all those in attendance.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Smith. Share your messages of condolence with the family of George Smith and sign his virtual guestbook by going to


Celebration of Life: December 27, 2020 1:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Gathering of Friends: December 27, 2020 12:30 pm - December 27, 2020 1:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. The Sly I love you very much im going to miss you so much . Your a great friend . It’s not going to be the same . Your a sweetheart . Im glad I met you at the nursing home . I wish you was here . God bless your heart. I will miss checking on u every day. Seeing what u wanted to eat. U made me feel loved . Rip love Brittney . I work in the kitchen dietary aide . Love the kitchen staff will be praying for your family sly

  2. I got to know George while my dad was in the nursing home. He always was a kind man and always had a hello for anyone going down the hall. You will be missed. Diana King Kinison

  3. My friend you will be missed! You have touched so many at Hermitage. You were not just a resident you were a friend to us all. Always checking up on us making sure we were ok when we weren’t at the facility. Always letting us know how much you appreciated everything we did for you. You told me so many times that you were happy to be at Hermitage because it felt like home, there were things to do and you have friends there. It was my pleasure to meet you my friend.

  4. You were an amazing man and will be missed tremendously from the OBryans (especially your buddy Zach) we love you fly high Uncle Sly!

  5. I am glad I got to ‘know’ Sylvester. I thank him for being my eyes and ears for Shirley, my sister. Not many residents at Hermitage could make her smile but he occasionally. They have their wings with a brand new walk and a brand new talk!! Soar high Sylvester!

  6. I’ve known you since I was about 7 years old you were always at our family gatherings at my aunt’s house you were always the light of the cook outs and the comedian of the gatherings. Little did I know that as I grew up and became an adult We along with quite a few others would become close friends great co-workers working together for so many years. 13 years just working together and you always knew how to to make us all smile 🥰 Rest easy Sylvester you touched so many hearts with your awesome personality.

    You will be missed friend . 🙏

  7. Dear Sly
    Words can’t express my sadness we met as co workers and became brothers . I will miss you deeply I enjoyed our phone tags as we checked in on one another I will miss the calls we I drive at night for Fedex love you see you soon.

  8. Marine Corps League W. J. Norris Detachment #804, Inc.,
    C/o 4100 Kipling Drive
    Owensboro, Kentucky 42303-7220

    In recognition of George ‘Sly’ Slyvester Smith’s
    honorable service to the United States of America, and the United States Marine Corps; We extend our appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country, and Corps.

    Marines of Norris #804, Marine Corps League

  9. My deepest condolences to the family of my longtime neighbor and friend. My God protect and watch over this family throughout this grieving process.

  10. So sorry to hear about the passing of George. I know he meant a lot to my mom. She thought of him as a son! He was and is a good man.
    Beth (Hancock) and Dean Shouse

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