Anthony “Tony” Charles Smitherman passed away on Thursday, May, 9, 2019, in Columbia City, Indiana.

Tony was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, on Feb. 14, 1975, the son of Robert Smitherman and Denise Ann Jones Ratliff. In 1983 he moved to Madisonville, where he graduated from high school in 1993. He went on to work as a lead service and diagnostic technician, as well as operations manager in the automotive and outdoor equipment fields. His technical expertise was respected by executives and engineers alike, and he authored several mechanical troubleshooting articles. He also achieved notable certifications from equipment manufacturers.

Tony enjoyed his work, TV and movies, music, and keeping in touch with his friends. His integrity, intellect and thoughtfulness, will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was 44 years old.

Tony was preceded in death by: his mother, Denise.

Survivors include: his father, Robbie;

Half brother, Joey, of Michigan;

Step siblings, Jim Ratliff and Susan Ratliff, of Madisonville, Trish Richardson, of Battle Creek, Michigan;

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Liberality Baptist Church, near Madisonville. Interment in Saint Mary’s cemetery will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made in Tony’s honor to Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority Inc., 534 East 1st North St., Morristown, TN 37814.