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Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home & Lynnhurst Cemetery

2300 West Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Coach Carroll Hayden Smith

May 27, 1934June 23, 2020
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Carroll Hayden Smith, 86, of Knoxville, TN passed away June 23, 2020, at home where he longed to be after spending over 2 months in the hospital and two rehab facilities, separated from loved ones because of the Covid-19 lockdown. Carroll dedicated his life to teaching at the high school and community college levels, but he is best known in the east Tennessee area for his success as a men’s basketball coach where he mentored hundreds of young men through his 37 years of coaching and teaching. His first job as a young man was coaching at Holston High School (1959-1972) where he built a renowned basketball program with 11 of 13 teams reaching district semi-finals or better. In 1972, he went to Oak Ridge High School (1972-1979). While there, he published a book, The 1-2-2 Offense for Winning Basketball. Later in the mid-90s, he wrote and produced a basketball video for children, Basketball Shooting Drills. During the years at Holston and Oak Ridge, Carroll coached son Rick in basketball and daughter Robin in tennis. In 1979 he went to Roane State Community College where he taught, coached and was Athletic Director and Chairman of the physical education department. His teams’ accomplishments included 13 District Championships, 4 Regional Championships, 2 Sub-State Championships, and State Runner-up in a heartbreaking triple overtime loss to Alcoa. Five of his last 8 years as a high school coach, his teams made it to Sub-State competition. His career record was 550 wins. At all three schools he was Coach of the Year; in 1972 he was east All Star Coach. He was President of KIL coaches 6 years and served as Secretary-Treasurer and Vice President of Tn. Junior College Athletic Association., and was inducted into the KIL Hall of Fame. His primary goals for all his players were to strive for academic excellence and become a community leader for youth. Besides the countless students who loved and respected Carroll through the years, his legacy lives on through grandsons Brad and Brandon Smith who both coach basketball in the Atlanta area. Carroll was also immensely proud of his other grandsons, Brian and Jeff Sells, commissioned officers in the US Army attaining the rank of Captain. Brian currently serves as an Army Ranger. Thirty-two years ago when Carroll and Charlotte married, Carroll took on the new role of step-father to 3 young boys. But who was better qualified for guiding them into responsible adulthood than someone who devoted his life to young men? He became involved in their sports, serving as President of the Football and Soccer Boosters Clubs at Halls High School and directing basketball camps there. During this second phase of his life, Carroll also discovered a softer side when he was captivated by a tiny rescued kitten who chose him as her protector. That was the beginning of loving all the dogs and cats that were lucky enough to come to the Smith home. For years, he even made daily breakfast runs to McDonald’s with dogs Buddy and Max. Carroll was born in Hitchita, OK., graduated from Okmulgee High School and Oklahoma Baptist University where he played basketball (1956-58). He received his master’s degree from UT Knoxville. Carroll was a member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church and, until the age of 84, played tennis at Cedar Bluff Racquet Club. He was a proud US veteran of the KoreanWar serving as border patrol in Germany. Carroll is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Charlotte Smith; children, Rick (Kim) Smith, Robin (Ray) Sells; step sons, Jason Teague, Justin (Sofie) Teague, Preston (Ashley) Teague; grandchildren, Brad (Tyler) Smith, Brandon (Bethany) Smith, CPT Brian (MJR Carley) Sells, Jeff Sells, Natalie Teague; great grandchildren, Wilson, Maverick, Leighton and Eason Smith; sister, Karla Kay (Don) Best; several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff at Amedisys Hospice for their exceptional care.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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Steve Wells

July 2, 2020

I went to at least 3 of Coach Carroll's basketball camps back in the 1970s. They were always better than the college camps. Always the mentor who sincerely cared about the players. My condolences go out to the family. God Bless and comfort you. RIP Coach.

Donald Akers

July 1, 2020

My condolences to Coach Smith’s family. I have great memories of my time at Holston and working with the basketball team. A class individual who will be missed. My father always spoke highly of him and thoroughly enjoyed his time working with him. My best wishes to Charlotte and the family.

Don Akers, Jr.

Tony Durham

July 1, 2020

It was rewarding to have known a true
gentleman like Coach Smith and
to have had the opportunity to play
with/against him for many years.
His court savvy and respect for the
game set examples for many of us .
Thank you, Coach.

Vody Vodinh

June 30, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about Carroll!! We knew him,when he played tennis at the club!! He was a very nice person and loved his tennis. He will be missed by so many people. May he rest in peace. Vody, Carole and family.

Anne Calhoun

June 30, 2020

Charlotte, you’re in our hearts and prayers. We’re so sorry in the loss of your husband. Lifting you and your family to our Heavenly Father for peace and comfort.
In Christ’s love, Anne and Terry Calhoun

Hank Hardcastle

June 30, 2020

Our contact was thru tennis atCBRC where we
played in a winter league for 7 yrs until I had to
quit in 1977. He was always such a pleasure to
he around. He smiled win or lose. He was fun
to play with or against. I have missed seeing
him these 2 plus years
He was simply a wonderful person

Cheri Duncan

June 30, 2020

So sad to hear about Coach. He was always such a sweet and caring coach/man during my time at Roane State. Charlotte and family my prayers are with you.

Ed Clendenen

June 30, 2020

Rick and Robin,I just happened to see your dad's obituary in the paper this morning. I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. I lost my dad 2 years ago this December. Not a fun thing to go through. If you need anything just let me know. I have been back in Tennessee for 5 years, at McMinn County High School and living in Riceville. Again so sorry for your loss. Our families thoughts and prayers are with you. Ed Clendenen

Penny Morris

June 29, 2020

Will miss seeing your smiling face at Cedar Bluff!

Larry Rhodes

June 29, 2020

Played for Coach 62-66. He was very understanding with as I was sum what a rebel. Thanks to his influence I went college and into coaching in Virginia and Georgia. I am saddened by his loss and grateful for his influence on my life. Larry Rhodes class of 66.

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