Amani Wayne Smith

January 13, 2010 - January 23, 2024

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Amani Wayne Smith, 14, of Latonia, KY, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. He was an eighth-grade student at Holmes Middle School in Covington, KY. Amani loved to fish, play basketball, hang out with his older brother, friends and especially his girlfriend. He enjoyed picking on his younger sister, cooking, eating and creating his own recipes. Amani is survived by his parents: Ryan Walton and Amber Smith; maternal grandmother: Paula Smith; paternal grandparents: Lucius and Renee Jackson and siblings: Little Ryan, Jase, Sadie, Amiya, Kash, Gianna, Nayra, Enzo and Onyx. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 from 9:00 AM until the Funeral Service at 12:00 PM (Noon) at Latonia Christian Church, 3900 Decoursey Avenue, Covington (Latonia), KY 41015. Memorials are suggested to the family. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, Covington (Latonia), KY 41015 is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed on Facebook or at


Lisa Gillham - Feb 4, 2024
You do not know me, but I’ve lived in Latonia for almost 30 years. Four generations of my family lived here before me. I love this place, and it BREAKS MY HEART that this has happened to your beautiful son. He has such a sweet face. I’m sure it is his personality shining through. I know your grief is far beyond words, but do remember when you can that your dear Amani is still very much around. Not in the same way, of course, and that is a tragedy. Still, he is near you. Look for little signs. Little weird coincidences. They are messages from your dear boy. You are all in my prayers.
Loni - Jan 31, 2024
You will forever be loved fatty
KK - Jan 31, 2024
My family and I send our condolences to this your family. Rest in the arms of Jesus. We wii not forget you and I hope that a scholarship will be offered to students in your honor. Your precious life was stolen from you and I will always remember your times you made me laugh and always kind to me. I was bullied and you talked me through the times. I thank you for that. I was lucky to know you and you were a true friend. Watch over us. The song crying for me from Toby Keith makes me think of you. I will remember you and fly high. You had a good service today. I'm sure you were watching from above laughing and thinking y'all I want you to be kind and love . So tomorrow I will do something kind for a complete stranger, as you once done for me. Thank you for being a friend. Never forgotten. Forever 14 You should be here
Granny aka Donna Renee Mullins - Jan 31, 2024
Such a tragedy... No words .. he was an amazing kid .. he will be very much missed. Big hugs to family... Prayers and love ... Granny
cheyenne dozier - Jan 31, 2024
I'm so sorry for the lose I know it hurts but he was a great kid and person and had a beautiful personality sending blessings ❤️
Shane - Jan 31, 2024
Amberand Ryan my family and me are so sorry for this tragedy you are facing.We didnt know Amani that well but watched him grow over the years living next door to your family.He was always respectful and always had a happy smile on his face and full of life.Rest in peace young king you will be missed but never forgotten. If you need us we're here for you call or just come over.
Rachel Heidenreich - Jan 31, 2024
I am so very sorry for your loss. As a mom of 4 boys that all went to school at one time or another in COV/Latonia (9th, Holmes and currently Holy Cross) our hearts are broken upon hearing of the sudden loss of your son whose young life ended too soon. May the good memories of Amani comfort you during this time. I will pray for your family.
Steph Price - Jan 31, 2024
We are truly sorry for your loss. My 7th grade son was good friends with Amani. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Stephanie Barnhill - Jan 31, 2024
To the family of Amani Smith. You don’t know me but I live on 39th street. I just wanted to say that I am truly so so sorry. And I know there’s nothing to say to help ease your pain but I want you to know that my heart is heavy and hurts for you. My prayers, my thoughts, and condolences go out to the family and to all that were close to Amani.
Libby Cox - Jan 31, 2024
I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying that God will give you strength during this difficult time.
Stephanie Jackson - Jan 31, 2024
So very sorry for your loss. My God's love keep you and strengthen you in your sorrow and loss.
Tina Martin - Jan 30, 2024
Love you Amber! Please let us know what you need from us other than space. There are no words and even less reasons for this tragedy. You are one strong cookie, but let yourself grieve as you rightly need to. Your friends and family will pull your pieces beautifully back together. Even if we have to do it one piece at a time and if it takes forever. Prayers for your beautiful family.
Mary Hudson - Jan 30, 2024
Sending all the love and strength to the family and all his friends. You will be missed sweet boy. #forever14 Love, Mary and Joejoe Hudson
Jeanette Corley - Jan 30, 2024
Prayers, warm hugs, and my deepest condolences going out to Amber, Buddy, and the rest of Amani’s family! Sincerely Jeanette and Lena #Forever14
Delores McEntyre - Jan 30, 2024
My sincere sympathy to each of you Amber, Ryan, Little Ryan, Jase, Sadie, Amiya, Kash, Gianna, Nayra, Enzo and Onyx. I pray God gives you the strength to get through the coming days as well as the comfort and love to go on for each other in the months and years following. May God hold you close, guide and protect you. Amber the love I see in you and hear in your voice every time you talk about your family is an inspiration and I know that love and Gods guidance will help you through this on going tragedy of losing such a kind and beautiful young son. Sending love and prayers.
Karen Singh - Jan 29, 2024
Rest In Heaven young man.
Julie Price - Jan 29, 2024
There are no words to express the sorrow everyone is feeling at Rosedale Green for our dear friend and colleague Amber and her loving family. Amber, Ryan, and family you are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love and condolences.
Patricia Smith - Jan 29, 2024
I didn't know you honey but I'm so sorry your life was taken from you. Your little face looks so sweet I can't even imagine what it's like to lose your son and I pray to God I never have to. My deepest sympathy to your family and friends. R.I.P sweetheart.
Friend - Jan 29, 2024
I miss you friend, can't stop crying since you passed. You were taken from us too soon. I know you will live on in the hearts of your family, cherishing every memory you've made with them. I'm sorry for your parents too, nobody should have to go through their child taken from them in such a horrible way. Long Live Amani
Toni McKee - Jan 28, 2024
Buddy and family: Paul and I are so heartbroken for your loss. You and your family have all our prayers and love. Continued hugs and prayers moving forward for all of you.
Debbie Lewis - Jan 28, 2024
I am so very sorry for your loss - there is no greater pain than losing a child! Prayers for your family!
Carol Miles - Jan 27, 2024
As a mother/grandmother i cant even begin to imagine the pain in your families hearts. I pray for your parents and friends, and all who loved you... May you rest in eternal peace...
Carol Miles - Jan 27, 2024
As a mother/grandmother i cant even begin to imagine the pain in your families hearts. I pray for your parents and friends, and all who loved you... May you rest in eternal peace...
Dorothy Perrin-Andrews - Jan 27, 2024
To the family of Amani Smith, My condolences to all. To Renee and Lucius Jackson my heart goes out to you.
Elizabeth Holt - Jan 27, 2024
Amber, So sorry for your loss sending prayers to you and your family through this difficult time. With deepest sympathy. Elizabeth Holt
Donnelly - Jan 27, 2024
To the family and friends of young Amani; I am so sorry for the profound loss you are experiencing. No words could express the sympathy we feel for you. We have been praying for you regularly and will continue to do so.
Jerryl Nienaber - Jan 26, 2024
Amber and family, I am so sorry for the pain you are going through with the passing of Amani. I always enjoyed hearing about your children and admired you balancing work and family so well. My prayers are with you and the family and hope someday you find peace and comfort❤️🙏
Linda Kay LINDEMANN - Jan 26, 2024
Sweetheart I did not know you but my heart is broken. You were just a baby with a whole life ahead of you. Your family is in my prayers.
Wendy mason - Jan 26, 2024
Amani will forever remain in our hearts. I’m so sorry this has happened to such a wonderful young man. I will keep your family in my prayers. I love you guys. #LLA 💙
Judy and Tim Walz - Jan 26, 2024
We are heartily sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I am a retiree from Latonia Elementary School.
Susie Vaughn - Jan 26, 2024
Very sorry for your loss. Amani sounds like a great kid. I know he will be missed. ❤️

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