July 31, 2022
Funeral services 4 p.m. Sunday, August 14, 2022 at Underwood Funeral Home where the family will receive friends beginning at 1 p.m.
Elijah Constantine Smith, age 20, of Pompano Beach, Florida, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 31, 2022. He worked at J. Marks Restaurant in Pompano Beach. Born and raised in Marysville, he was a 2020 graduate of Marysville High School. He liked collecting designer apparel and enjoyed anything adventurous such as scuba and deep-sea diving, rock climbing, biking and skate boarding. With a deep faith, Elijah depended on God to help him find his way throughout life.
From his baby days into his adulthood, Elijah was always a courageous and brave soul filled with rays of sunshine spreading to those around him. Ornery since he was just a little boy, he was always getting into anything and everything, making messes and learning how everything works. Growing up during early teenage years can be difficult for everyone, no doubt about it. However, Elijah found outlets during these times, some things to help him cope with life’s changes and challenging times to try to figure out who he was and find his purpose in life. (When we’re young and figuring out how life works, sometimes it’s hard to tell right from wrong, and wrong from a bad decision especially when teenage years are all about breaking the rules. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like parents know best when they truly do have the best future in mind).
Unfortunately for our beloved Elijah, he stumbled his way into substance abuse, something he didn’t know would cling to him and be difficult to step away from. What he did know was that he needed assistance to become independent from this addiction that had such a firm grasp on him. So he picked himself up and traveled to Florida in search of help. Unfortunately, addiction is like rust on metal, it never truly goes away. Elijah got clean- he was healthy, compassionate, generous, and loving- a true ray of sunshine that everyone wanted to be around. But like rust, his addiction crept back in and got into his thoughts one last time until there were no more thoughts to think.
During his time in Florida, he made a plethora of deep and genuine friendships. His family in Ohio will be eternally grateful for his extended family in Florida. They were there for him as he struggled, and he was an inspiration to all of them as well. He changed many lives in his short time here on earth with us.
He will be missed by everyone for an eternity and then a little bit more. The damage left from him being ripped away is beyond words, we can only do our best to find comfort in knowing that he is no longer in pain. He is in a far better place now where he can no longer hurt. The pain this leaves his family, friends, and all of his loved ones, is excruciating. If you knew him, you adored him, he was a beautiful soul to have known.
He was born February 19, 2002 in Marysville. He is preceded in death by his grandmother Donna (YiaYia) Smith. He is survived by his parents, Steve and Nicki Smith; his siblings, Isaac, Madeline, Nathanael and Benjamin; his grandparents, Linda and Jeff Smith and Steve (Linda Garrett) Glanton; his aunts and uncles, Brian Smith, Angie Smith, Cara (Dan) McGowan, Jake Glanton, Grace (Vlad) Naoumoff, Tim Smith, Greg Smith and Terry Smith; many cousins; and many, many friends.
Love forever and always,
The Smith Family
Sunday, July 31st, 2022, the world lost one of its greatest and sweetest angels. Twenty years wasn’t enough time with Elijah Constantine Smith, who had an indescribable light about him. Everywhere he went, he left a wake of laughter and love. His generosity and infinite compassion made him the best friend and companion of many. His wits, sharpness, and kindness made him the best son. He was so bright — in every sense of the word. Even if it was just meeting him briefly, everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Elijah could feel that he was special, different–he felt more deeply than most. He loved and laughed harder and cared more than most people ever could. This loss is devastating for all those who love him but especially hard for his loving family. Elijah inspired community and love everywhere he went. During his time with us, Elijah cultivated a village of people he loved and loved him so deeply. Now, as a community, we must come together to support Elijah’s family and honor all the ideals Elijah believed in and all the lessons he taught us. We must come together to get each other through the pain and grief of losing one of the sweetest souls this world has seen. Elijah rests peacefully now. Let us band together to help his loved ones say goodbye to him so they can find peace, as well.
We are asking that we provide love and financial support to the expenses his family has incurred during this unexpected, tragic loss.
Sage, Brandon, Lisa and his entire Florida and J. Mark’s family