Smith, Zoey

Ms. Zoey Mae Smith, age 5, of Murray, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the Ray & Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center.

Zoey was born on December 11th, 2013 in Murray, KY to Jeremy Smith and Whitney Reed. Instantly we knew she would make an impact on this world, at the time we were unaware of just how that would be. At 20 months old, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and we began treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tn. There she fought bravely and battled her cancer on four different occasions over the course of four years. It was in October of 2018 that our oncologist informed us that Zoey was terminal. We began living life to the fullest doing all the things Zoey ever dreamed of doing. On December 8th, 2018 by order of a proclamation given by Jack Rose, Mayor of the City of Murray, Zoey became the official Princess of Murray, Ky and the day was dedicated in her honor to bring awareness to childhood cancer. Zoey exhibited tremendous courage and strength during her battle with cancer. Her smile was contagious and she would always light up every room she entered. As parents you hope that your child will grow up and make a difference in the world by helping others and perhaps spark a change. However it was God’s will that Zoey make a difference and impact others in only a short lifespan. Zoey leaves a legacy behind that will not be easily forgotten. Our family would like to extend our greatest gratitude to all of our supporting members of Team Zoey who have prayed alongside us all these years. We ask that you continue to honor Zoey’s life by sparking a change and creating awareness for childhood cancer so that one day a cure will be found.

Those left to cherish Zoey’s memory is her father, Jeremy Smith of Murray; mother, Whitney Reed, and stepfather, Tim Reed of Murray; a brother, Abel Tyler Wadkins of Murray; grandparents, Mark and Jeanetta Smith of Murray, Ken and Missy Cossey of Kirksey and Timmy Sons of New Johnsonville, TN.

The funeral service honoring Zoey's life will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Heritage Chapel of Imes Funeral Home, 1804 Highway 121 Bypass North, Murray. Ricky Cunningham and Dustin McClain will officiate. Private, family burial will follow. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Smith, Tim Reed, Mitchell Smith and Taylor Sons.

Friends may visit from 10 AM until 2 PM on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Heritage Chapel. Zoey's family asks that anyone who has a Team Zoey shirt to please wear it to the funeral service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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The Heritage Chapel of Imes Funeral home is entrusted with caring for the family of Zoey Mae Smith.

Published 12:00 AM, Wednesday Oct. 16, 2019
Updated 06:09 PM, Wednesday Oct. 16, 2019

Heritage Chapel of Imes Funeral Home & Crematory
Heritage Chapel of Imes Funeral Home & Crematory
1804 highway 121 bypass north
Murray, KY 42071
(270) 753-8888

Phone:(270) 753 – 8888


From US Highway 641 N. Turn West (Right) at MSU's football stadium, onto State Route 121 N. Heritage chapel is on right at the third traffic light.