SMITH, CARNIE EUGENE - A true gentleman and friend to anyone he met, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Parkwest Hospital, in Knoxville, TN. shortly after his 79th birthday. Mr. Smith was born and raised in Kansas where he was a good ole farm boy. He attended and graduated from Kansas State University. Upon meeting the love of his life, Gail Compton, they married and moved to Nashville where he was an outgoing and strong businessman as an insurance agent at Cooper, Love, and Jackson Insurance Agency for many years, subsequently transitioning to the Ritter Agency in Brentwood, TN for a few years after his retirement. In his spare time, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, working on his cars, fishing, and generally enjoyed all aspects of life. He was a member and officer at the Elks Lodge, a member of the Insurers of TN., Sertoma, Moose Lodge, and the Nashville Jaycees Club. He never met a stranger and was always a rock for those around him; willing to do whatever it took to aid in their time of need. The imprint that he made on so many people will never be surpassed by another. Awaiting him in heaven was his mother, Doris Smith; father, Harley Smith; and brother, Kenneth Smith. He leaves to cherish his loving memories, devoted wife of 57 years Gail Compton Smith; daughter, Cathy George (Michael George); granddaughters, Lauren Smith (Matthew Smith) and Lindsay Wolburg (Eric Wolburg); great grandchildren, Wyatt, Eli, and Henry Smith, and Brendan and Charlotte Wolburg; and a large beloved extended family. He was a faithful member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN for many years. Family will receive friends and family for a visitation in the Masters Common on Sunday, February 23rd from 1:30pm - 3:00pm with memorial to follow at 3:00pm, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 3701 Hillsboro Cir Nashville, TN 37215. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made (for the love of his granddaughter) to The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, National Processing Center, ATTN: Honor & Memorial Gifts, P.O. Box 1245 Albert Lea, MN, 56007 or The Nashville Humane Society at nashvillehumane.org.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Feb. 17, 2014