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Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

1150 South Dickerson Road, Goodlettsville, TN

OBITUARY

James Willard Smith

March 1, 1928March 19, 2020

James Willard Smith, 92, of Gallatin, Tennessee, passed away March 19th, 2020 surrounded by his family. Willard was born in Allensville, Kentucky on March 1, 1928. Willard is a member of the Gallatin First Baptist Church and a long-time member of Goodlettsville First Baptist Church. He taught a Sunday School class for over 50 years as well as serving as a deacon. He loved hunting, fishing, Kentucky Basketball and his family and friends. Willard is survived by his wife of 28 years Dottie Smith, daughters, Ginny Wood of Palmetto FL, Terri Russell of Gallatin TN; 3 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. Willard was preceded in death by his parents, Frank J. Smith and Janey Blair Smith , Jane Standard Smith wife of 41 years ; and brothers Frank J. Smith, and Thomas Smith. A celebration of Willard’s life will be held on Saturday March 21 at 1:00 PM at Belmont Cemetery, Highway 102, Allensville, Kentucky. This has been arranged in lieu of a traditional funeral service due to the recent development of Coronavirus with social distancing. You are welcome to come but please do not feel obligated to attend; these are difficult times. We feel your love and prayers. In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be given to Gideons International.

Services

  • Graveside Service Saturday, March 21, 2020

Memories

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Donnie Smith

March 21, 2020

When I was 16 my parents knew Willard and Jane through church . When meeting them at there log cabin in Goodlettsville, it changed my life for years to come. Jane had cancer but she cooked home made lunch when I worked for them. I volunteered to split firewood for them on Saturdays for they fed me lunch for work. Willard had a green Detuz tractor and we wood go to the woods and drag logs to the house closer for me to split. It was hard work for two years but it was worth it, and then Jane and Willard told me we will be cousins because we had the last same names even though we were not related, but through Christ. For 35 years, I volunteered to help seniors adults to be a handyman for them.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY