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History & Staff

Once you request the services of Smith Funeral Homes, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.

Our History

We are independently owned, full service funeral homes that provide traditional funeral services as well as cremation services, pre-arranged funeral plans and services to the Amish community. All of our services may be tailored to meet your family’s needs and customs and we are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are committed to providing you with unparalleled service and attention.

Our newly remodeled funeral homes are spacious and comfortable, providing a home like setting for the families we serve and their guests. We are located in the beautiful village of Sugarcreek, Ohio and Bolivar, Ohio and conveniently located to serve Tuscarawas, Eastern Holmes, and Stark Counties.

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On May 18, 2008, owner and president Robert L. Smith, who has owned and operated Smith Funeral Home in Sugarcreek since 1983, purchased the former Butler-Varns Funeral Home, also in Sugarcreek and began operating as Smith-Varns Funeral Home. Lee and Cindy Varns also purchased their former funeral home in 1983 and will continue serving the community as funeral directors. In August 2011, Bob also purchased the former Lebold Funeral Home in Bolivar and began operating as Lebold-Smith Funeral Home. Recently, he purchased the former Beachy Restaurant in Sugarcreek and is remodeling to a Funeral Home, Follow our progress on our Facebook page "Smith Funeral Homes or click HERE.

As an established member of the hometown business community, we understand the security of dealing with people you can trust. We build our reputation on that trust and that is why we invite you to visit our facility and talk with us about your plans.

We believe strongly in the values of funeral service and its benefits to the living and that is why our goal is to support you and your family through every step of the arrangements and to pay tribute to the special memory of your loved one.

Our Valued Staff

Robert L. Smith

Robert L. Smith, Owner/Funeral Director/Embalmer

Bob is a 1969 graduate of Dover High School and a 1974 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is the secretary-treasurer of the Tri County Funeral Director’s Association and a member of the Ohio Embalmers Association and the Ohio and National Funeral Directors Association. Bob attends the Ragersville Zion United Church of Christ.

Bob is also a paramedic with over 35 years of experience and is president and owner of Smith Ambulance Service, Inc. of Tuscarawas County and Holmes County

Lee R. Varns

Lee R. Varns, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Lee is a 1973 graduate of Fairless High School and a 1976 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is also a member of the Tri County Funeral Directors Association, the Garaway Lions Club and the Sugarcreek Business Association. He attends the Sugarcreek United Methodist Church and is a retired member of the Sugarcreek Volunteer Fire Department.

Cindy K. Varns

Cindy K. Varns, Funeral Director

Cindy is a 1975 graduate of Fairless High School and attended the Tuscarawas Campus of Kent State University. She is a licensed Funeral Director, member of the Tri County Funeral Directors Association, Sugarcreek Lioness Club, Sugarcreek Business Association and attends the Sugarcreek United Methodist Church.

Jeff C. Smith

Jeff C. Smith, Livery Manager/Funeral Associate

Jeff is the Livery Manager for Smith Ambulance Service, Inc. and a Funeral Associate with Smith Funerals Homes, Inc.
A 1979 graduate of Dover High School, Jeff received his Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science from Stark Technical College in 1985. Since 1985, he has worked in the environmental laboratory industry primarily in project management and quality assurance fields. Jeff began working part-time for the livery service in June of 2006. In March of 2013, Jeff assumed the full-time position of managing the Livery division of Smith Ambulance while also in a support role of Smith Funeral Homes in Sugarcreek and Bolivar.
Management of the Livery division consists of six staff members providing service to over fifteen funeral homes in an eight county region. In addition to these duties, Jeff also creates memorial items such as folders and videos for the funeral homes.
Jeff is married to the former Mary Ann Berndt, they are members of the First United Methodist Church of Dover. They have two children Brandon, wife Tessa, of Columbus and Matt of Dover.
Jeff has been a Notary Public since 1994.

Deloris Borter

Deloris Borter, Hospitality Manager/Funeral Associate

Deloris helps manage our family center and assists with funeral services such as helping family members during visitation.

Donna J. Smith

Donna J. Smith, In Loving Memory

Donna Jean (Colby) Smith 88, of Dover, died Sunday November 1, 2015 at 1:57 PM in Union Hospital at Dover following a period of declining health. Born September 28, 1927 in Somerton, Ohio (Belmont County) she was a daughter of the late Kenneth B. and Audrey V. (Burkhead) Colby. She was a 1945 graduate of Barnesville High School and a 1947 graduate of the Elliot School of Business in Wheeling, W. Va. In the late 1950's and early 1960's she worked in the office of Judson Reamy, M.D. at Dover, she served as a crossing guard for the Dover Police Department from 1980 to 1990 then worked as the office manager at Smith Funeral Homes in Sugarcreek from 1985 until illness forced her retirement in 2012. She was a 59 year member of the First United Methodist Church at Dover and was a member of the Tuscarawas County Republican Women where she served as secretary in the 1970's. She was an avid reader and enjoyed watching old westerns on TV.
Her husband, former Dover Mayor Guy M. Smith, preceded her in death on June 19, 2005. Donna is survived by her children G. Scott (Jennifer) Smith of Columbus, Robert L. Smith of Winfield, Kim (Robert) Antonelli of Winfield and Jeffrey C. (Mary Ann) Smith of Dover; grandchildren Robert G. (Shawna) Smith of New Philadelphia, Adam P. Smith of Columbus, Julie L. (Raj) Swain of Columbus, Tiffany J. Ross of Dover, Matthew S. Smith of Atlanta, Brandon (Tessa) Smith of Canton, Matthew P. Smith of Dover, Kelli (Mike) Mossor of Dover; great grandchildren Bailey, Becca and Isabella Ross, Zachary and Jarett Smith, Emily and Andrew Mossor, Sophie and Madelyn Swain; a sister Winnie (George) Bailey of Parkersburg, W. Va. and 2 nephews Greg and Jon Bailey of Parkersburg.

David L. Borter

David L. Borter, In Loving Memory

David L. Borter 75, of 302 Factory St. Sugarcreek, died Monday April 13, 2015 at 3:10 AM in Community Hospice House in New Philadelphia following a courageous battle with cancer. Born May 3, 1939 in Sugarcreek he was a son of the late William and Edith (Ott) Borter. Dave retired in 2000 from Andreas Furniture in Sugarcreek after 28 years. Prior to Andreas he was employed at the former Alsco Company in Sugarcreek where he worked for 19 years. After retirement he worked part time at Smith Funeral Homes and Smith Ambulance and Livery until his illness forced him to stop. He is a member of Union Hill United Methodist Church. He is also a member of the Community Arts Council and the Sugarcreek Lions Club. Dave was a well-known woodworker and his fret work adorns churches and homes all over the area. He has won many awards with his fret work skills. Making gifts for others was Dave's ministry. He is survived by his wife the former Deloris Ross whom he married April 25, 1965 and would have celebrated their 50th anniversary next week. Also surviving are his children Denise (Randy) Garvin of Strasburg, David "Cousy" Borter of Berlin and Dennis (Jill) Borter of Stone Creek; 2 grandchildren Dennin and Jilliann Borter and a step grandson Dylan Garvin. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Paul Borter and a sister Ruth Marino.
Funeral services will be held Friday April 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the Union Hill United Methodist Church at Sugarcreek. Rev. Carl Kandel will officiate and burial will follow in Union Hill Cemetery at Sugarcreek. Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 PM in the Smith-Varns Funeral Home at Sugarcreek and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Memorial may be made to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County 716 Commercial Ave. SW New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 or Union Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund.