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Donald Brown Smith, 82

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Donald Brown Smith, 82, loving husband of the late Kelly Smith, was called home on February 12, 2023.

Donald was born in Crossville, TN on March 4, 1940, to the late J. B. Smith and Jewell Dell Smith. He made his home and lived in the Vandever Community.

Donald worked at Crossville Rubber Products for 42 years as the plant manager. He enjoyed raising a garden and working outside. Donald was always ready to help a family member, friend, or neighbor when called upon. He liked operating equipment. Donald would bush hog, till gardens, and mow for hours. He loved working with his neighbor and friend, Elvert Brewer, on Elvert’s sawmill.

He is survived by his two daughters Regenia (Anthony) Findley and Lisa (Michael) Smith; three grandchildren Justin (Mashayla) Crabtree, Megan (Tony) Sherrill, and Hayden (Josie) Smith; and seven great-grandchildren.

Donald is also survived by five sisters Frances Hassler, Jean Smith, Sue Music, Joyce Cooper, and Carolyn Sutton; and one brother Delbert Smith.

He also leaves behind lifelong friend and partner Leona Waites, her daughter Sonya, and her grandson Ben & wife Natalie.

Services will be held on Friday, February 17, 2023, at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10 am to 12 pm with the service to follow at 12 pm, with Brothers Benjamin J. Waites and Doyle Ashburn officiating. Donald will be laid to rest in Leffle Webb Cemetery immediately following the service.

Donald Smith was like a Dad to me. He always said I was the son he never had. He was a great man and will be missed dearly. ~~Written by Jason Kemmer

Pallbearers will include Hayden Smith, Justin Crabtree, Tony Sherrill, Jason Kemmer, Dalton Davis, and Terry Hassler. Honorary pallbearers will be Ben Waites and JD Roysdon.

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