Tommy H. Smithson

August 8, 1936July 31, 2018

Tommy H. Smithson went to be with his lord after a courageous battle with cancer on July 31, 2018. Tom was born on August 8, 1936 in Greene County, the son of the late Doyle and Kate Cannon Smithson.

Tommy received his B.S. degree from East Tennessee State University and his Master’s degree from the University of Mississippi. He was a retired assistant principal at Sullivan Central High School, where he worked for over 23 years.

Tommy really enjoyed working in his garden, traveling and spending time with his family and friends. Tommy never met a stranger. He truly believed it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Tommy is survived by his loving wife and best friend for 52 years, Julia Agnes; brother Jim Smithson and wife Janie; sisters-in-law Marie Mullins, Ethel Carpenter, Polly Gilley, and Edith Wampler; special nieces who helped Tom through his illness, Chelsea Booher, Megan Daniel, and Mitzi Mullins-Daniel along with a handful of other nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 5, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm with a graveside service immediately following at East Lawn Funeral Home in Kingsport, TN with Pastor Clay Austin officiating.

Pallbearers will be; Greg Mullins, TJ Booher, Jimmy Gilley, Phil Wampler, Jerry Sorrell, and Tim Smithson. Honorary pallbearers are Joe Collins, Minniss Collins, Carrol Collins, Lowell Head, Johnny Arnold, and Lloyd Bowers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to either the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Rd., Ste. 102, Johnson City, TN 37601 or St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be made to the Smithson family at East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Smithson family.


  • Julia Agnes, Loving Wife of 52 Years
  • Jim Smithson and wife Janie, Brother
  • Marie Mullins, Sister-In- Law
  • Ethel Carpenter, Sister-In-Law
  • Polly Gilley, Sister-In-Law
  • Edith Wampler, Sister-In-Law
  • Chelsea Booher, Megan Daniel and Mitzi Mullins-Daniel, Special Niece Caregivers
  • Nieces and Nephews, Family
  • Doyle and Kate Cannon Smithson, Parents - Deceased

  • Greg Mullins
  • TJ Booher
  • Jimmy Gilley
  • Phil Wampler
  • Jerry Sorrell
  • Tim Smithson
  • Joe Collins, Honorary
  • Minniss Collins, Honorary
  • Carrol Collins, Honorary
  • Lowell Head, Honorary
  • Johnny Arnold, Honorary
  • Lloyd Bowers, Honorary

  • American Cancer Society
  • St. Jude Research Hospital


  • Visitation Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Graveside Service Sunday, August 5, 2018

Tommy H. Smithson

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Mitzi Mullins-Daniel

August 10, 2018

Uncle Tom was more like a 2nd daddy to me than an uncle. When my daddy passed away, Uncle Tom stepped in and took over caring for me and my two girls. To be honest, I don't know what we would have done without him. He was honestly the kindest man I have ever met and if you know him, you know what I mean. I used to love to hear him tell stories and his laugh was great! He used to have some of the greatest "sayings" I've ever heard and my girls just adored him. These past few months have been so hard watching a once strong man who took care of everyone, have to be taken care of. I prayed everyday that God would give us a miracle and remove the evil cancer from his body, but that was not God's plan. We are all going to miss his smiling face and I will miss him telling me "now don't you worry, eveything is going to be ok". But, I do know that I will see him again and that he is in Heaven telling his stories and tending his garden. I love you Uncle Tom.............

Cathie Sanders

August 4, 2018

I wasn’t a vocational teacher, but my husband Frank was. I remember the countless hours I spent with all of them, whether eating lunch in the conference room behind his office or sitting on the benches in the lobby. Since Frank passed on July 28, I’m sure they are now laughing about their memories of Sullivan Central vocational. Betty and Dee are in that mix, too. What a grand reunion.

Sam Steffey

August 3, 2018

Mr Smithson was a good man, Assistant Principal, and more importantly a good role model for the students he interacted with. I always liked him. The phrase “Hey boys...” will forever remind me of him.
sincere condolences to the family

Sam Steffey
Former student 1984 - 1988

Spring B

August 2, 2018

I will remember Tom as a caring and sharing neighbor who was always cheerful and ready to help in any way. We have been blessed to know Tom and Agnes and will greatly miss Tom. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.