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Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home & Lynnhurst Cemetery

2300 West Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Willie Smith

1 February, 193516 May, 2020
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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.

Services

  • Call of Convenience

    Wednesday, 20 May , 2020

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Greg Smith

May 21, 2020

Things I learned from my Dad
• How to work
• How to persevere
• Love is unconditional
• Where the answers are (God, Bible)
• Give it your all, whatever it is
• Family is most important
• Be involved in church
• Respect authority
• Understanding of Fear of the Lord (unconditional love, peace & fellowship when I am obedient but a palpable, deterring fear when I am tempted to disobey)

Earliest memory: sitting on his knee and him singing “Holy, Holy, Holy” in that beautiful bass voice

Last memory (via phone): Son, I love you, and I’m proud of you and I am so thankful for all you kids

Most inspiring memory: Learning that Dad had painful “walking pneumonia” for many, many years and yet had persevered in every area of life

Funniest memory: waking up on Christmas morning hearing Mom & Dad playing Rock’em Sock’em Robots

Greg Smith

Tom and Sue Naimie

May 20, 2020

It is with sad and happiness for all the family especially for Barbara Jean. I remember 4 years ago that we attended Michelle's graduation from high school. Such a nice man who had a wonderful testimony. He loved God and now he is spending eternity with Him. I am praying for all the family especially for Barbara Jean.. I also am praying for my son on law Van and my daughter Charlotte and daughters Alicia, Michelle, and Abigail. God bless you all during this time of sorrow. Sending love to you all.

Fred Lewis

May 20, 2020

Always kind, always caring, always loving. From my earliest memories he was always helping others.
My prayers for Jean and my cousins.

Fred


Jonathan Smith

May 20, 2020

“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.”
— Proverbs 22:28 (KJV)

I've been thinking for a while now... I try not to just speak without thinking first..." That usually doesn't work out well"... We all loved Dad in our own way and Dad loved us. Looking back through my life , I can tell you that I have wanted to just give up on life itself. BUT... I looked at Dad and all that he has done. How steadfast he has always been, how he has always been there for all of us. He never had anyone to look back to for help... no landmarks to set his bearing straight. But he set landmarks for us to go back to! In his gruff way was faithful to a few things.
1. His God
2. His Wife
3. His family
4. His Bible
5. His church
6. His sports teams
7. His garden.
Just to name a few.
He set some pretty amazing landmarks for us.

I don't ever want to remove those landmarks that he set.

I will always miss my Daddy... But I can always look to those landmarks for comfort

Jonathan

Jonathan Smith

May 20, 2020

“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.”
— Proverbs 22:28 (KJV)

I've been thinking for a while now... I try not to just speak without thinking first..." That usually doesn't work out well"... We all loved Dad in our own way and Dad loved us. Looking back through my life , I can tell you that I have wanted to just give up on life itself. BUT... I looked at Dad and all that he has done. How steadfast he has always been, how he has always been there for all of us. He never had anyone to look back to for help... no landmarks to set his bearing straight. But he set landmarks for us to go back to! In his gruff way was faithful to a few things.
1. His God
2. His Wife
3. His family
4. His Bible
5. His church
6. His sports teams
7. His garden.
Just to name a few.
He set some pretty amazing landmarks for us.

I don't ever want to remove those landmarks that he set.

I will always miss my Daddy... But I can always look to those landmarks for comfort

Love you all
Jonathan

Paula Calloway

May 19, 2020

Jean, you are all in my prayers! Willie was a very sweet man! Take care. Love you, Paula Calloway

Mike Smith

May 19, 2020

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Maxine Wilson

May 19, 2020

REST IN PEACE Willie Smith.

Shannon Goldschmitt

May 19, 2020

My dad was a strong willed, opinionated man, but everyone loved him anyway. He loved to talk about the Lord, his church, politics, his kids and grandchildren, and Alabama football! Dad was a hard working, talented man that could do anything he set his mind to (regardless if it didn't work out the 1st time). He loved his children and grandchildren with all his heart and would do anything for them. Most importantly, he loved my momma and didn't want to leave her and made sure she was taken care of!! I love you so much daddy and miss you with all my heart! Your baby girl

Kristin Tolley

May 18, 2020

My Grandpa will be greatly missed. I loved going with him to see and help him with his garden and fruit trees every time we came into town. I also remember him always being in his spot at church as an usher. I love you.

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