Berry Funeral Home


Jerry Steven Smith

April 24, 1952April 3, 2021

Smith, Jerry Steven, age 68, of Knoxville, TN met his Heavenly Father on Saturday, April 3, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry William and Mable June Smith. Jerry is survived by his wife, Karen Diane Smith; sons, David Smith (Rebecca); Matthew Smith (Heather); daughter, Elizabeth Bryant (Christopher); grandchildren, Caitlyn, Dylan, Lillian, Elijah, William and Daniel. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. at Sherwood Chapel & Memorial Gardens, 3176 Airport Highway, Alcoa, TN 37701, officiated by Patrick Sutherland. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, April 17 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Fort Hill Baptist Church, 2335 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920, officiated by Patrick Sutherland. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Gideon's International or Samaritan’s Purse Ministries.


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, April 17, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 17, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, April 17, 2021


Jerry Steven Smith

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Deborah Sexton Neace

April 7, 2021

Dear Diane,
I am so sorry for your loss as Jerry was always such a sweet, caring and all around wonderful person. As you know, me and my sisters’ (Jerre and Judy) and brother (Mike) grew up with him and his brothers’ at Fort Hill. Our parents made sure we all were in Sunday School, Training Union, Vacation Bible School, Youth Group, and Choir. Also, under different circumstances, you and I could have been sisters’ in law. I know you and Jerry had a happy life together, and beautiful children, and I wish I could have gotten to know them. I’m so very glad you listened to the advice I gave you what now seems like a lifetime ago, when I told you to ‘follow’ your heart ❤️ and you did. I pray for God to comfort you, and your family. I cannot imagine the heartache you must be feeling at this sad time. Take refuge in believing that when gone from this life, we are in Heaven and are in the presence of God. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Sharon Richardson Blake

April 6, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I have so many memories of all the cousins coming to aunt June’s house and playing ball in the back yard. We were all so close and it seems like yesterday. Everyone just grew apart and I wish we had stayed close. My God comfort the family during this difficult time. Love and prayers to all.

Beverly Dunkjn(Powell)

April 5, 2021

So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I have so many good memories of our youth group at Fort Hill. Praying for your family during this time.

Sue Hickman

April 5, 2021

Dianne im so sorry to hear about Jerry's passing dylan is grieving his papaws passing we'll keep you in our prayers may he rest in peace..

Brenda Pruitt

April 4, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear of Gerry's passing I will keep you, Diane, and the remaining family in my thoughts and prayers.