Robert Clifford Smith
October 26, 1929 – November 15, 2020
R.C. “Clifford” Smith, age 91 of Franklin, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Clifford was born October 26, 1929, in Bridgeport, AL, to Robert Calvin Smith and Ethel Crabtree McCullough. He moved to Chattanooga, TN in 1935 after the death of his father and remarriage of his mother. Clifford graduated from Central High School in 1947 and was employed by Southern Railway in 1950. In 1951, he entered the Army during the Korean War and served in Germany with the 793rd Military Police. Clifford returned to Southern Railway in 1953 and what is now known as the Norfolk-Southern Railway. He served on the Board of Directors and President of the Southern Credit Union for 12 years. Clifford was a member of the National Association of Veteran Railway Employees and was a member of Berry’s Chapel Church of Christ in Franklin, TN.
Clifford was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Wilma Taylor Smith; his brother, Major Sgt. Charles W. Smith; three stepbrothers, Eldridge “Bud” Carpenter, Carl Carpenter, and Gordon Carpenter; two stepsisters, Fredia Carpenter and Barbara Wehunt, as well as his mother and father.
Clifford is survived by his daughter, Daphne Smith; son Marty (Ann) Smith; brother, Bill Carpenter; sister, Sue Bibbey; stepsister, Betty Mitchell; grandsons, Sam (Liz West) and Zac Ellis (Faith); granddaughter, Abby Smith (Clay Baltimore); great-grandsons, Bennett Ellis, John Akers Ellis and Maverick Smith; great-granddaughter, Hampton Smith, as well as several special nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 1-3PM CT on Sunday, Nov. 22 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home in Franklin, and from 11AM-1PM ET on Monday, Nov. 23 at Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 S Moore Rd, East Ridge, TN 37412.
A service will follow at the pavilion at Chattanooga National Veterans Cemetery at 2PM ET.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 1102 17th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212 or to World Christian Broadcasting, 605 Bradley Ct, Franklin, TN 37067 in loving memory of R.C. Smith.
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Monday, November 23, 2020
Robert Clifford Smith
November 20, 2020
Daphne and Marty, we were shocked to hear of your Father's death. I talked to him regularly by phone and had talked last week. He and your Mother were dear friends and we will miss talking by phone often. We do know that "Pewee" (his nickname from childhood days) and Wilma are rejoicing in Heaven and that is the greatest assurance and comfort for the two of you they loved so much, as well as all the relatives, and those of us who were dear friends from childhood days.
My God bless you during this time of sorrow and give you comfort knowing both your Dad and Mother are much better now than ever before.
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