A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Dalton E. and Myrtle Roper Smith. He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Audrey Bowman Smith.
His labor of love were his Lord, his family and his church. He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He loved music, woodworking, and playing stringed instruments. Mr. Smith was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church where he was Choir Director, Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent.
He is survived by two daughters, Linda Mae Smith and Brenda Smith Thorn and her husband Steve all of Franklin; two sons, James Steven Smith and his wife Vicky and Roy Everett Smith and his wife Lori all of Franklin; two sisters, Bessie Ray of Oregon and Nettie Smith of Asheville; one brother, Lon Smith of Franklin; eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a brother, Odell Smith.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 3, at Burningtown Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Drinnon, Rev. Jim Kinard and Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons and his son-in-law. Deacons of Burningtown Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, where the body remained until being placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.
The family would like to thank Angel Hospice, Angel Medical Center, and Lincare for their care and support.
Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.