Frank “Smokey” Bender, 79, of Sciotoville, died Sunday, August 10, 2014, at the SOMC Hospice Center. Born on July 22, 1935 in Portsmouth, he was a son of the late Frank and Hilda Penix Bender and retired conductor for the Norfolk and Western Railroad. Smokey was an U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Carolyn Craft Bender; a son, Roger Dale Bender of Sciotoville; three daughters, Vickie (Danny) Mayhew of Rigrish Addition, Pamela Gee of Portsmouth and Nancy (Michael) Hoagland of Brandenburg, KY; two brothers, Charles “Joe” (Pat) Bender of Rigrish Addition and Roger Dean (Ruthann) Bender of Sciotoville; four sisters, Leona (Leonard) Williams of New Carlisle, Francis (Lee) McGraw of Sciotoville, Wanda (Keith) Lilly of Sciotoville and Priscilla (Ronald) Baker of Lucasville; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at the BRANT FUNERAL HOME IN SCIOTOVILLE with Pastor Jack Howard and Pastor Richard Stiles officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens with military honors by the James Dickey Post of the American Legion. The family will receive friends at Brant’s from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to SOMC Hospice.