Jeremiah F. "Jeremy" Smith, 36, of Homosassa, Fla., passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. A native of Inverness but raised in Homosassa, he was born May 17, 1977, to David Everette and Pearl (Austin) Smith, one of two children. Jeremy, as he was known to many, was primarily a lifelong Citrus County resident, but during his school years he lived in Diamond City, Ark., and graduated from Lead Hill High School. He was a cook by profession and was employed by Peck's Old Port Cove in Ozello and Seagrass Pub in Homosassa. A very athletic man, he was an avid fan of the Gators and the Dolphins.
He is survived by his three children, Dylan Jack and Samantha Marie Smith of Homosassa and Jeremiah Smith of Texas; his girlfriend and mother of Dylan and Samantha, Lisa Marie Shanks, Homosassa; his mother, Pearl Smith; brother, David Smith (wife Melissa); and nephews, David Joseph and Trent James Smith, all of Bonifay. He was preceded in death by his father, the late David Everette Smith. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa. www.wilderfuneral.com.