Francis L. (Bud) Smee

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Francis L. (Bud) Smee Smee, Francis L. (Bud) - age 93, of Knoxville, Tennessee, beloved husband, father and grandfather, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 21, 2013. Born in 1919 in Lindsay, California, one of three sons of Rev. Roy and Edith Smee, he grew up in Lindsay, California, and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He graduated from Pasadena College, Pasadena, CA., at the age of 20, and married his college sweetheart, Eileen Seal, after his third proposal to her. Bud served in WWII as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy, a communications officer in the South Pacific. After the war, he returned to Stanford Law School, and earned a law degree. He and Eileen settled in Visalia, California, where he worked for the Tulare County District Attorney's Office, before establishing a private law practice for himself. Bud taught Sunday school and served on the church board of the Visalia Church of the Nazarene for over fifty years. He also served on the board of Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU), the Nazarene Theological Seminary, and the Central California District of the Church of the Nazarene. He received an Honorary Doctorate from PLNU in 1991. Bud practiced law until age 80. In 2001, he and Eileen moved to Knoxville to live with their youngest son's family. He and Eileen celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last June. Bud is survived by his loving wife, Eileen, sons Joel, Trevor and Gregor and daughter Sheryl, twelve grandchildren and an expanding number of great grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to a memorial celebration of life service for Bud Smee at Point Loma Nazarene University, Alumni Lawn, Feb. 23, 1:00 pm. In Bud's memory the family has established the Bud and Eileen Smee Scholarship at PLNU. Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made through the PLNU Alumni Office, 3900 Lomaland Dr., San Diego, CA 92106 or online at by selecting Other designation and directing gift to the above scholarship. A life well-lived, Bud Smee was truly a good and faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. We, your children, have been honored to call you Dad.

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Feb. 2, 2013
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