Willard Smith


CLEVELAND Willard Robert Smith, 80, a native of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 24, 2012. He died peacefully at his home in Cleveland.Willard was an Army veteran who was proud to have served his county in the U.S. and Germany. As a truck driver, he traveled over a million miles of Americas highways and back roads, and delighted his family and friends with his many experiences. He loved the outdoors especially fishing and camping. Willard was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Carroll Smith; his parents, Marion Herbert Smith and Ruby Mae Ledford Smith; and his brother, Herschel Smith.Willard is survived by his beloved son, W. Alan (Karen) Smith; and precious granddaughter, Kyla Marie Smith, of McDonald, Tenn.; and his sister, Wilma Smith, of Crossville, Tenn. He will be missed by many friends, especially Gene Myers with whom Willard had a long and caring father and son relationship.A military memorial service will be held at Chattanooga National Cemetery, at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2012, with Rev. Kevin McNelly officiating.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Family Home Hospice of Cleveland, TN, 175 24th St., Cleveland, TN 37311. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services, Franklin-Strickland-Pinkard-Bryan-Smith Funeral Directors, 1724 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, 423-265-4414.

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