It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of Kevin Charles Smurphat, age 56, on Thursday, April 13, 2023. Kevin passed away peacefully at Hendrick Hospice in Abilene, TX; surrounded by family. Kevin had fought a two-year long battle with Pancreatic cancer.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 27th, 2023, at 10:00 am at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene, TX officiated by Roy Keith. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 26th, 2023, from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Fry-Smith Funeral Home in Tuscola, TX. The family wishes to have a celebration of life and invite you to have a piece of cake in honor of Kevin's birthday during the visitation. To send floral arrangements to the family please visit the floral store with Fry-Smith Funeral Home.
Kevin was born in Glen Falls, NY to William T. Smurphat and Barbara B. Smurphat on April 26th, 1966. He was the second of three children. In 1985 Kevin enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served as a B-1 Bomber crew chief during the Dessert Shield/ Dessert Storm Era. He left the Air Force in May of 1991. After the Air Force, Kevin wore many hats including but not limited to a CNA, Corrections Officer, Truck Driver, Shift Supervisor, and even car wash detailing specialist. Most of all Kevin loved being a father to his four boys. His boys were his pride and joy. Anyone who knew Kevin knew what a great and quirky sense of humor he had. His smile could light up the room and his beard could be seen from across the parking lot.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Charles and Lillian Bump; William and Laura Smurphat; his father, William T. Smurphat; and his brother William "Bill" Smurphat.
He is survived by his mother Barbara Bump Smurphat; sister Amy Smurphat; his longtime girlfriend Laurin Parrick of 17 years, his children, Kevin Smurphat II, Christopher Smurphat and his fiancé Jamie and their two kids Lincoln and Elijah, Brandon Smurphat, and his wife Chelsea, and their three girls Abigail, Ashtyn, and Ariya; Zachary Smurphat and his girlfriend Kylee and a host of other relatives and many special friends.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Hendrick Hospice for the amazing care and support during that difficult time.
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