OBITUARY

Jerry Dean Smith

October 25, 1933June 6, 2021
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Jerry Dean Smith, age 87, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2021. Mr. Smith was born in Bude, Mississippi Thursday, October 25, 1933 and is preceded in death by his parents, Tom Garrett and Nellie Marie Mullins Smith; his wife Gayle Annette Smith; brother, Walter A Smith and his wife, Glenda; sister, Tommie Rhea Smith and her husband Coy.

Mr. Smith spent his early years in Bude, MS and then in Baton Rouge, LA. He served in the Air Force, loaned to the Army where he would serve as one of the Transcribers at the Korean War Armistice Agreement. After his service, he returned home to Baton Rouge, marry and begin to pursue his music career. Moving to Nashville in 1961, he quickly established himself as a session musician and became one of a group of session musicians known as “Nashville’s Perfect Six”. He was a member of the Nashville Musicians Union for 59 years. He went on to produce his own work with a successful career under Papa Joe’s Music House, Cornbread & Jerry, The Magic Organ and other labels. He played the Opry and had appearances on American Bandstand and the Lawrence Welk Show for his original work, “Truck Stop”, and was awarded “Instrumental of the Year” and nominated for a Grammy Award. After retiring, he took up sailing and would go on to sail around the world with his wife in their sailboat, taking five years and covering 30,000+ miles, gathering memories and stories to share. A quiet man of few words, he loved the ocean, the people he met along the way and never stopped wanting to return to sailing.

Over the years he was a member of Inglewood Baptist Church, Nashville, TN and Ashland City First Baptist Church, Ashland City, TN.

Mr. Smith is survived by his children, Jeannie (Greg) Torres, Stacy (Jill) Smith, Kahne (Donald) Vaughan, David (Lisa) Smith; nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be conducted Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 4:00 in the afternoon with Rev. Nathan Washburn officiating. Burial will be 10:00 Friday morning, June 11, 2021 in Middle Tennessee State Veteran's Cemetery, McCrory Lane, Nashville.

Family and friends will gather to remember Mr. Smith at a visitation Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 11:00 until the 4:00 service at Forest Lawn Funeral Home 1150 S. Dickerson Pike Goodlettsville, Tennessee

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to http://www.grammy.com/musicares or the Annie Armstrong Foundation https://www.anniearmstrong.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 10, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Thursday, June 10, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, June 11, 2021

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Merri Lynn Sager

June 20, 2021

Dear Family,
Y'all are especially in my heart and prayers again today. As with Mama Gayle, Papa Jerry always treated me as one of his own.
He and my dad are like brothers in many ways, it was always a joy and I'm thankful to share even the little time I had with him, especially at sea, I will always hear their music, too!
A comfort and blessing to feel that care and generosity, quietly encouraging to take in all the adventure laid before us with witty good humor. May you also always hear his laughter and encouragement to sail on each day, in confidence that God is holding us all in His comforting and Almighty hand of grace in our Lord Jesus, that nothing can take us from. ".... for I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor demons, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height or depth, nor anything else in all creation will ever separate us from the love of God (and each others) which is in Christ Jesus." Romans 8:38
Be blessed, love to all, ML

Stacy Smith

June 11, 2021

Untitled (For my parents)

Wide are the waters before us
Deep is the sea below
Wild are the waves that will toss us
Strong are the winds that blow

Bright are the stars that will guide us
Strong is our hull in its strain
Straight is our keel on its courses
Full is our sail on the main

Harbor to harbor we wander
The winds and the currents we chase
We borrow them by God's great mercy
And at anchor, we rest in His Grace

- Stacy

Robert DuBos

June 9, 2021

Jeannie, Stacy, Kahne, and David:
The Cap'n and your Mom and Judy and I had a special relationship messin around on boats and riding the wild winds. We have an embroidry piece mounted on our wall from your Mom. It Reads, "Dear God. Be good to me. The Sea is so wide, and my boat is so small." It is a Treasure to us. We miss them and they are always in our Prayers. We Love You because they gave you to us. God Bless each of you. Our Love and Prayers.
Aunt Judy and Uncle Bob

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