Willie Smith
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Willie Smith

Knoxville - Smith, Willie 85 of Knoxville, TN went to be with the Lord Saturday, May 16, 2020 surrounded by Jean, his wife of almost 65 years, and daughters, Shannon and Nancy. He was born in Brewton, AL. After serving in the Naval Reserves, Willie married his high school sweetheart in 1955. They moved to Knoxville in 1972 to work for the plants in Oak Ridge, TN. He retired from Liberty National Insurance after 17 years of service. Willie was an active member of Temple Baptist Church in Powell, TN since 1973 where he was a bus captain, usher, and Deacon. He was preceded in death by parents, Elijah and Lula Mae Smith; siblings, Kathleen, Earnestine, Myra, George, Hermie, and Everett. Willie is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean Smith; children, Mike (Kim) Smith, Brent (Cindy) Smith, Greg (Connie) Smith, Jon (Susan) Smith, Nancy (Scott) Morgan, Van (Charlotte) Smith, and Shannon (Dave) Goldschmitt; 16 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; sister, Iva (T.C.) Gray; several nieces and nephews. Family invite friends to come to Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home Wednesday, May 20th between 3-7pm, at their convenience, to pay respects. Due to the pandemic, a private funeral and graveside service will be held at Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home and Cemetery. Rev. Clarence Sexton to officiate. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Crown College 1700 W. Beaver Creek Powell, TN 37849.

Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home 2300 W. Adair Dr. Knoxville, TN 37918 (865) 689-8888 www.berrylynnhurst.com.

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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from May 18 to May 20, 2020.
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May 27, 2020
Brent and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your dad's homegoing. I still remember him from my youth playing in softball games and his competitive spirit. Heaven has gained a tremendous Christian. Praying for all your family.
Steve Leopper
May 23, 2020
Jean, So sorry to see that, Willie, has passed. I have precious memories of when we were next door neighbors, and raising our young children on Rambling Drive. I was amazed at your large family. They were always so polite, and well behaved. May God hold you close, and give you His peace during these difficult days.
Jean Farmer
May 22, 2020
Praying for you
Carolyn Jones
May 22, 2020
Praying for you and your family
Ray Jones
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