Obituary

Milton Smith

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Milton Smith, 87, of Lafollette, Tenn., formerly of Harlan, Ky., passed away suddenly April 21, at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn.

The son of the late L.P. "Lem" and Laura Miniard Smith, Milton grew up at Slemp. He attended school at Viper and Buckhorn before graduating from Stuart Robinson High School, lettering in basketball. He was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Army in occupied Italy.

Baptized as a young man, he joined the Presbyterian Church in Blackey. He had been a Mason since 1948 and belonged to the Nolen Lodge No. 806. He became a Kentucky Colonel in 1988.

He began working for Blue Diamond Coal Co. in 1948 at Leatherwood where he was a tipple foreman before moving to Harlan in 1965 to begin a long-term association with Clyde Bennett's coal companies from which he retired.

He married Alma Spencer in 1949 and fathered three children.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Malcolm and Talton Smith; and three sisters, Chloe Bunch, Gola Mooney, and Marie Phillips Ritter.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Alma Spencer Smith; son: Milton and Doris Smith, Jr.; daughters, Phyllis and Jerry Adams, and Debbie Sergent; sister, Evalee Stewart; three grandsons, Bryan Sergent, Christopher and Angela Smith, and Andrew Smith; two precious great-granddaughters, Melia and Alex, who were the light of his life; and many other family members and friends.

He will be remembered as a kind, decent, hard-working, devoted, and loving family man who loved feeding birds and squirrels and working in his yard. He was an avid Kentucky Wildcat fan, and enjoyed attending reunions.

The Creech Funeral Home in Middlesboro was in charge of arrangements. The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Creech Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, at the Creech Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Kenny Gillum presiding. Interment followed at the Powell Valley Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bryan Sergent, Christopher Smith, Andrew Smith, Jerry Adams, Glenn Creech, and Verlin Caudill.


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Published in The Hazard Herald from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2014
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