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McMillan Funeral Home

702 West College Street, Booneville, MS

OBITUARY

Glen Smith

July 22, 1934December 30, 2019
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Glen Smith, 85, passed away Monday, December 30, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born July 22, 1934, to William Arnold and Ethel Smith. He owned and operated Smith Lumber Company for over 40 years and built houses in the Booneville area for over 65 years. He was a member of Crestwood Baptist Church and Booneville Masonic Lodge 305. He enjoyed hunting and traveling. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

A Celebration of Life service will be at 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at McMillian Funeral Home with Bro. Carter Smith and Mr. Jackie Smith officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Gardens.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jo Ann Smith; two daughters, Vicki (Randy) Stutts and Cynthia (Keith) Lovell; three grandchildren, Hollie (Brad) Breedlove, David (Bruce) Stutts and Austin Lovell (fiancée, Shelby Bozek); and one great-granddaughter, Cara Leigh Breedlove.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Glenda Jo Smith; one granddaughter, Carleigh Rae Vick; his parents; one sister, Maxine Thurman; and one brother-in-law, Winfred Thurman.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Jo Ann Smith, Wife
  • Vicki Stutts (Randy), Daughter
  • Cynthia Lovell (Keith), Daughter
  • Hollie Breedlove (Brad), Grandchild
  • David Stutts (Bruce), Grandchild
  • Austin Lovell (Fiancee`, Shelby Bozek), Grandchild
  • Cara Leigh Breedlove, Great-Granddaughter
  • Glenda Jo Smith, Daughter (deceased)
  • Carleigh Rae Vick, Granddaughter (deceased)
  • William Arnold Smith, Father (deceased)
  • Ethel Smith, Mother (deceased)
  • Maxine Thurman, Sister (deceased)
  • Winfred Thurman, Brother-in-law (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 1, 2020
  • A Celebration of Life Wednesday, January 1, 2020

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Biography

      “Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Glen Smith, it summarized in every way who he was. He was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around him and always thinking before acting. He was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything he did. He was a friendly person who truly cared about those around him.

      Glen was born on July 22, 1934 at home in the Allen-Line Community in Booneville, MS. He was the son of Rausie Ethel and William Arnold Smith. Raised in Allen Line, New Site and Booneville, MS, he was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, he learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that he would carry with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Glen was always aware of how others around him felt and this quality served him well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Glen was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Glen was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where he could concentrate, Glen also had the ability to relate well with his family and friends. Glen was raised with one sister, Maxine. Glen was constantly involved in activities with his family. Glen and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

      Growing up, Glen was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. He was content to entertain himself. Glen was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, he was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything he did as a child, Glen was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around him. Glen took part in a number of activities as a child. He took part in basketball. In his spare time he liked to help his uncle Vick Riddle pick ginseng; and he helped his grandpa Smith cut white oaksaplings to split for baskets.

      Glen enjoyed learning. He always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Glen was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. He often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, Glen was painstaking and accurate in his efforts. All of these talents culminated in a successful high school career. He went to Booneville High School, but Glen left high school after the 11th grade to join the Air Force. The quota was full so he didn't join and he never went back to school . He just started carpentry with his dad. His greatest accomplishment in school is winning the heart of the prettiest girl in school and they got engaged.

      Most folks would say that Glen was shy until they got to know him. Those who were privileged to know him well learned that he was a solid, good friend. Glen was reluctant to generalize about people, and he based his friendships on his personal experiences. Because of this, Glen best trusted those people that he truly knew. He was concerned about how those around him felt, and he always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. He could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that he made, Glen kept. While growing up, some of his best friends were Bobby Penna, Randall Livingston, and James Robert Leathers. Later in life, he became friends with Bobby Jr. Burress, John Hatcher, Red Prentiss , Buddy Norman (Norman).

      Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Glen. He was totally committed to Ann and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Glen naturally sensed his spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Glen disliked conflict, he did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

      Glen was a good father to his children. He had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because he trusted emotions, Glen was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way he seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around him, always thinking before acting. In addition, Glen was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around him might be, he seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Glen was blessed with three children, three daughters; Vicki Gwen, Cynthia Ann and Glenda Jo. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Hollie, David, Carleigh, and Austin.

      If you gave Glen a deadline, he would meet it. At work, Glen was always on task. Without hesitation, Glen could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. His primary occupation was being the owner of Glen Smith Construction and owner of Smith Lumber Co. He worked under his dad who was a carpenter (Smith & Son Construction) in his younger days. Then Glen went out on his own and started Glen Smith Construction and he also co-owned Builders Supply. During that time, Glen excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. He was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Glen was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Glen had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. He was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.

      Glen liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Glen's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Glen preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were hunting, fishing, boating, skiing, traveling, camping, Ducks Unlimited and gardening. Glen was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying his hobbies all by himself and could often be found just reading about his favorite pastimes.

      Due to his excellent organizational skills, Glen was a welcome addition to the professional and community organizations to which he belonged. Glen could bring established, successful methods to the discussion table, along with a generous helping of common sense. Glen was good at making and keeping schedules and never got bogged down in unnecessary details. Throughout his later years, Glen was an active member of the Booneville Masonic Lodge #305, member of Scottish Rite, and a Shriner and member of the Ducks Unlimited.

      An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, his faith was important to Glen. His compassion, consideration and sympathy toward others was evident in his personal beliefs. He was a member of Crestwood Baptist Church for 15 years.

      Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Glen had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that he was the trip planner. He would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Canada, the Smokies and the Gulf Coast.

       His family was rounded out by his adoption of his granddaughter Carleigh's Bassett Hound and Dan and Carleigh's cat Prissy who he took in upon her death in 2003. Glen was as loyal to his pets as they were to him.

      When Glen's retirement finally arrived in He sold his Smith Lumber Co. In 1988 but continued to do Carpentary into his late sixties., he was well prepared. He had taken the time to learn about his various options and chose his course wisely. Even in retirement, Glen continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him.

      Glen passed away on December 30, 2019 at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Booneville, MS. Glen was brought down by Chronic Inflammatory Demylating Polycuropathy. Which then led to Pneumonia and Spetic UTI. He is survived by Wife, Ann; Daughters, Vicki (Randy), Cindi (Keith); Grandchildren, Hollie, David and Austin; and Great Granddaughter Cara. Services were held at McMillan Funeral Home. Glen was laid to rest in Liberty Memorial Gardens Booneville.

      It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Glen was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Glen was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of man to whom everyone was drawn. He was thorough and practical. Glen Smith was very literal with his words. You always knew where you stood with Glen. He will be missed.