Wednesday morning funeral services were conducted by his Pastor, Eld. Donald Taylor and Eld. James Thomas Gibbs from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Following the 11 a.m. services, burial was in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
He was the son of the late Pleam Dillard “P.D.” and Matie Era Tuck Smith. Siblings preceding him in death were Vellie Gregory, Willie D. Gregory Herlin, Virgil, Ottie, Dillard, Cortis, and Curtis Smith and a twin to Curtis who died as an infant.
He was married to the former Sally Sue Cornwell. In addition to his farming operations, Mr. Smith was employed at the Tennessee Tobacco Warehouse for fifty-two years, retiring as warehouse manager in 2005. He was the original chief at the Pleasant Shade Fire Department. He was a 1966 charter member of the Smith County Rescue Squad. Mr. Smith was a member of the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church at Sycamore Valley in Macon County.
Surviving in addition to his wife of over fifty-eight years is a daughter, Brenda Dillard and husband Gary of Pleasant Shade; grandsons, Joey Dillard and Jamie, Josh Dillard; great-grandchildren, Alexis Dillard and Austin Perry, all of Pleasant Shade; sister, Evie Wilburn of the Old Bottom Community at Lafayette; and brother, Audie Smith and wife Gracie of Nashville.
Sanderson of Carthage in charge of arrangements.