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Donald R. Smego

Donald R. Smego, age 73 of Lebanon, TN passed away Monday, July 5, 2021 after a courageous stand against cancer.  He was born in Joliet, IL to George and Muriel (Davis) Smego and spent most of his life in the agricultural and landscaping industries.

Don and his wife, Diane, recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.  He will be greatly missed by his two children and two adoring granddaughters.   He dearly loved his family including siblings, extended family and all his nieces and nephews.

Don was an avid fan of football, John Wayne, and all things historical about World War II.    He accumulated a collection of WWII memorabilia, antique tools and a plethora of string trimmers and flashlights.  Uncle Don was also known for his epic Easter Egg Hunts.  Always a jack of all trades and tinker extraordinaire, he had any tool for the job if he could only find it.  Don never met a stranger and always went above and beyond to help others.

A private memorial will be held at a later date, but his family encourages each of you to honor Don in your own way, preferably in a charitable service to others who need a helping hand.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a concerted effort to spend time with your own loved ones, making fond memories, living, loving, and laughing.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142   www.ligonbobo.com

Messages for the Family

  1. Peggy Coker says:
    I am so, so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He and my Dad, Lloyd Bacon, were really good friends here in Knoxville, TN. Don has been so good to help my Mom with her yard work since my Dad’s passing, too. Sending prayers of comfort and peace for you all.
  2. Tony Stamey says:
    So very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I got to know him through Dianne when we worked at Goody’s. Don was a good man with a great love and passion for his family and his work. I will miss him greatly. Peace to the family.
  3. Sarah Alvestad says:
    Was thinking that the kids were getting too old for Easter Egg hunts. Not anymore. Next year is for Uncle Don❤️
  4. Ann Rakestraw says:
    I’m am so saddened from this news, Don was a very kind man I worked with him at goody. We have been playing pool on the Facebook app didn’t know he was suffering with cancer, may god bless you family and know he was liked by everyone
  5. Barbara Emmett says:
    I was missing you from Words with Friends thinking your eyes might be causing you problems. Didn’t expect this. Rest in peace dear friend
  6. Richard and Karen Rehberg says:
    Diane and family,
    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing, Our thoughts and prayers are being extended to you and your family. It’s been so long since those years at Agro, but we have thought of you frequently. And to think that we have been living so near you for the last 12 years.
  7. Jamie Dickinson says:
    I’m so sorry to hear about Don. He was a wonderful man and took me under his wing for a time. He taught me patience, to take a deep breath, slowly work through a problem, and keep trying until you got it right. Thinking about Don always brought a smile to my face.
  8. Elmer & Lynne Tattersall says:
    Diane and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing, I worked with Don at Agro, Inc , those were certainly some great years. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.