Alvin Smith





Alvin Faye Smith, son of Clifford and Emma (Eichenberger) Smith, was born on September 19, 1943, at the family homestead in the Good Hope Community of Norton County, Kansas. He passed away at the Norton County Hospital, on January 19, 2018, at the age of 74.


Alvin grew up on the Eichenberger family homestead, near Clayton, KS and attended Clayton Grade School. He was a Jennings High School graduate of 1961 and later graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1969 with an Industrial Arts Degree.


Alvin married Cheryl Ingram in 1965 and from this union they had three daughters, Tara, Amye, and Jennifer. In 1974 they moved from Salina to the family homestead in Clayton, until moving to Norton in 1979. He remained in the Norton area, moving to the Andbe Home in his final years.


Alvin had a heart of gold and an ornery, generous spirit. He was well known for his

wood working and carpentry skills. He enjoyed car races and Oldies music, reading, gardening,

fishing, and being surrounded by nature. Most of all, he loved spending time with his devoted

daughters, family, and friends.


Survivors include: three daughters, Tara, and husband, Greg Spresser, Hays, KS; Amye, and husband, Bill Jones, Norton; KS; Jennifer, and husband, Daniel Porter, Norton, KS; one sister, Arline King, Phoenix AZ; one sister-in-law, Iris Smith, Norton, KS; 11 grandchildren: Jordan Wahlmeier, Hays; Riley Kaus, Hays; Madison Kaus, Hays; Elley Kaus, Hays; Quinton Porter, Manhattan; Landon Porter, Hays; Courtland and Avery Porter, of Norton; Silas, Eli and Levi Jones, of Norton; 3 step-grandsons; Nathan Spresser, Wichita, KS; Gerid Spresser, Colorado Springs; Thayne Spresser, Hays and one great step-grandson, Hudson Spresser, and four nieces and three nephews.


Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jon and Vern; four

half-brothers, Bob, Bill, Larry, and Walt Smith.


Per Alvin's wishes, his cremains will be buried alongside beloved family at Gettys Cemetery. A public visitation will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Enfield Funeral Home from 5:00 P.M until 7:30 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Alvin Smith Memorial Fund.