Mr. Lauren B. Smith
Mr. Lauren B. Smith "Joe" or "Moon", age 91, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014 after a short illness.
He was born in Clarksville, TN to the late Charles M. and Lucile Brunty Smith. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles M. Smith and Laurence G. "George" Smith, his twin.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Virginia Austin Smith; two sons, Richard Smith and Mac (Vicki) Smith; grandchildren, April (Keith) Henry and Jonathan (Samantha) Smith; great-grandchildren, Jasmine Smith, Jordan Smith, Alizea Boyle, Justin Boyle; several nieces and nephews.
He graduated from Clarksville High School in 1940. He served in the United States Navy during World War II on board LST 1123 as a gunners mate in the Pacific. After starting at the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle as a printer, "Moon" , as he was known by fellow employees, was a printer for the Newspaper Printing Corp. (Banner, Tennessean) for 32 years. He coached many young baseball players in the Junior and Senior Knothole Baseball organization through Inglewood area Dan Mills Men's Club and Isaac Litton. He enjoyed fishing and golf. He was a long time member of the Inglewood group at Fifty Forward Madison Station Senior Citizens where he played bingo, pool, and reminisce.
Funeral services will be Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11 a.m., at Spring Hill Funeral Home, with Rev. Ron Lowery officiating. The family will visit with friends Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 2 until 8 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at 1 p.m., at Greenwood Cemetery in Clarksville. Family members and friends will serve as Pallbearers.
The family requests donations be made to the
or the Salvation Army in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Spring Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery, 5110 Gallatin Road, Nashville, TN 37216; (615) 865-1101.
Published in The Leaf Chronicle on Apr. 4, 2014
Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery
5110 Gallatin Pike Nashville, TN 37216