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Phillip Smith

February 10, 1944 — May 22, 2021

Phillip Wayne Smith, Sr., a longtime resident of Warsaw, passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, May 22, 2021 in Fort Wayne at Parkview Randallia Hospital. Age 77, many knew him as “Homer.”

Phillip was born in Plymouth on February 10, 1944. He was the son of the late Sylvester Smith and Myrtle (Himes) Smith. He attended Warsaw schools and was united in marriage to Laura Brandon on October 28, 1961.

Phillip was a hard worker; when he wasn’t working, he was helping friends and neighbors or tinkering on his own projects. Many would remember him from his time at Choretime, Barth, and OEC Medical Systems.

He enjoyed woodworking, building everything from small craft projects to larger items like picnic tables and patio furniture. He also enjoyed Westerns, especially John Wayne and even square danced for a time. He liked to play cards and was in a Euchre club for many years but most of all, he was passionate about his family. Nothing meant more to Phil than time with his family. He loved time spent with them and even served as his sons’ Boy Scout leader for several years in their youth. He was a loving husband, devoted father and doting grandfather. He was a smart confidant, a genuine mentor and a dedicated provider.

In addition to his wife, Laura Smith of Warsaw, those who survive with memories to cherish include daughter: Bambi Hyde of Warsaw; sons, Phillip Smith Jr. of Warsaw and Chauncey (Aleta) Smith of Pierceton; four grandsons: Joshua Hyde of Warsaw, Dustin (Carla) Baker of Pierceton, Brooks (Tyler) Smith of Warsaw and Jared (Taylor) Smith of Syracuse; three great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters and brother, Steven Smith of Claypool. Also surviving are five sisters-in-law: Diane Smith of Silver Lake, Sally Brandon of Columbus, Mississippi, Irma Brandon of Warsaw, Carol Brandon of Warsaw and Brenda Brandon of Warsaw. He was preceded in passing by his parents; brother, Max Smith and sister, Donna Kiser.

Titus Funeral Home, 2000 East Sheridan Street, Warsaw is assisting the family. Friends and family will gather at Titus' Warsaw location on Sunday, June 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. Burial will take place privately in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Phillip's name may be directed to the Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Ste 800, Miami, FL 33131, or American Cancer Society, 601 W. Edison Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545. To leave condolences for the family, visit

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