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August 3, 1961 ~ September 23, 2023 (age 62) 62 Years Old
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Carlton Mackie Bowen Smith, 62, of Columbus, OH passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, September 23, 2023 after a courageous 13-month battle with Glioblastoma. He was born in Columbus, OH on August 3, 1961 to Rudolph “Rudy” Smith and Joyce Bowen Smith, who survive in Columbus, OH.
He is also survived by his wife, Wendy, of Columbus, OH and his children, Eboney (Monroe) Hearn of Boston, MA, Erika Smith of Woodbridge, N.J., Jahrie (Lexie) Smith of Columbus, OH, Jahriah Smith of Columbus, OH and Alexandria “Alee” Porteous of Indianapolis, IN and step-son, Jackson Roy, of Columbus, OH. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jahsir Rickards-Smith, Zarah and Ashton Hearn, Daniel, Elijah and Isaiah Porteous and Leia Smith and sister, Carleen Fisher and brother, Ashley Smith, and nieces and nephews. His family meant so much to him and he loved each of them dearly.
Carlton was a natural and gifted performer, having learned to play the drums at the young age of six years old, which developed into quite the musical career. He also loved acting at a young age, having performed in the local children’s theatre back in Louisville, KY. He was in the 1975 movie, “Happiness Is….”, casted as one of the main characters named, “John Wesley”. He had a deep passion for music, which allowed him to express himself magnificently from behind the drum kit, whether it be music he just played or created. He used his gift to travel the world, creating many friends and fans along the way. He brought so much joy and excitement to those who got to hear him play. His musical resume was quite extensive, having had played in many of the local bands of various musical genres. He played with Irie, 24-7 Spyz, Tator, Stonebyrd, The Swimmers, Howlin’ Maggie, Twilight Singers, The Crawfords, Bridge Construction, Gathering Stars, Columbus Soul and Salvage and most widely known for the Royal Crescent (“RC”) Mob. Outside of his career as a musician, he was a valued member of the Transportation Security Administration “TSA” for over 7 years, lastly as a Supervisory Transportation Security Officer (STSO). He was awarded frequently for his professionalism and commitment to excellence on the job, lastly being awarded TSA Model Officer during the last quarter on the job before his retirement.
Carlton was loved by so many and never met a stranger. His big bright infectious smile made everyone feel like a friend or family. He was an excellent listener and always had coachable advice to share. He would not want any of us to be sad or cry, but instead cherish the moments of the relationship you had with him. He fought his battle with cancer valiantly and with courage. The love from all of those who knew and loved him was certainly felt and appreciated, as no one fights alone. The music got a little quieter with his passing, but know that drums are still being played,
louder, harder and with passion, as he is smiling on all of those who loved him.