Nathanael Clayton Smith, "Nathan or Nate" to those who were close. He was born on November 6, 1972, to Lowell C. and Doris I. Smith, in Louisville, KY. Nathan was a sweet and gentle child during his young years. He filled his time with violin lessons, Karate, football, and wrestling. Not only could he play the violin, but he had an amazing singing voice, too. As a young adult, he played football for the Jeffersonville Red Devils High School, graduating in 1992. During the end of his high school career, he was diagnosed with Juvenile Onset Diabetes, type I.
It completely altered the course of his dreams. However, he remained dedicated to his dream of traveling, and his endless pursuit of having his own successful business. He also attended the University of Louisville, to obtain a business degree, but life got in the way, and other paths were traveled. Yet, one thing that always remained the same was his complete devotion to his U of K Wildcats!
Nathanael married, divorced, and was given his greatest gift and joy, his son, Isaac. As the years passed, Nathan's health was terribly affected from Diabetes. His immediate family moved him out to Montana, to be near his little sister, Miriam, for support and additional care, due to his illness and failing eyesight. Regardless of his health, he kept his dreams of having his own business alive. Not only did he strongly believe in working, but he also believed that giving was equally important, and was faithful to support Wounded Warriors. Nathan was a true patriot. He loved helping others.
Nathanael stood strong on his faith, too. He was a member of Christ Gospel Churches, Intl., Inc. of Indiana, where generations of his family have attended. He went home to his Precious Saviour on March 12, 2020, one short week after being diagnosed with stages 3 and 4 Colon Cancer.
Nathanael was preceded in death by Clinton and Clara Maude Smith (grandparents), Leonard and Stella Randolph (grandparents), Gene Randolph (uncle), Juanita Norton (aunt), Shirley Randolph (aunt), and Roy Randolph (uncle). He is survived by his parents, Lowell and Doris Smith; son, Isaac Smith; little sister, Miriam Watts; Christian Watts (nephew), two great nephews, and many uncles, aunts, and cousins.
If Nathanael could leave anything behind, it would be a legacy that he could do ALL things through Christ! His testimony is a shining light for those who love him. Nathanael's funeral service will be at 3 PM on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Columbia Mortuary in Columbia Falls, MT., and his internment will be on Friday, March 20, 2020 at Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Jeffersonville, IN. The internment service will be hosted by Rev. Colin Langley, and time will be determined.
The family has asked for memorial contributions in lieu of floral arrangements. Please contact his mother, Doris Smith, for guidance in this matter.
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