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Willard C. “W. C.” Smith Jr.

Mr. Willard C. “W.C.” Smith Jr. age 73 of Lebanon passed away April 22, 2020, at his home.  He was born November 19, 1946 in Wilson County to the late Willard C. Smith Sr. and Katherine Craig Smith Patton.  He was a 1964 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School.  He retired from DuPont after forty years of service.  He was a member of Rome Baptist Church and enjoyed working on his farm and tending to his cattle.

He is survived by his wife of twenty-nine years, Betty Branhan Smith; two children:  Karen (Jesse) Garcia, Michael (Stephanie) Smith; two step-children:  Gwen (Robert) Crawford, Skipper (Wendy) Shockley; four grandchildren:  Katie (Blake) Lewis, Libby, Lili and Wyatt Smith; one great-grandchild, Benton Lewis; four step-grandchildren, ten step-great-grandchildren; two sisters:  Margaret Hardeman, Wiladean (Clyde) Driver; sister-in-law, Sheral (Morris) Tuttle.

Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 health concern a private graveside service will be held Friday, April 24, 2020, at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens with Bro. Wayne Malone officiating.  Pallbearers:  Joey Demumbreun, Jesse Crawford, Cody and Daniel Shockley, Jesse Garcia and Jeff McPherson.  Special thanks to American National Home Health, Asera Care Hospice, William, Deborah and Jarmeisha Crutcher for their love and care throughout his long illness.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME, in charge of arrangements.  www.ligonbobo.com

Messages for the Family

  1. Anita Ricketts Hodges says:
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. W.C. was a kind man and a good friend to my Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need anything.
    Anita Ricketts Hodges
    • ILene Karp says:
      Betty, I am so sorry for your loss. This has been a long struggle and I wish love and peace for both you and W.C.
    • Danny and Mary Jane Turnbull says:
      Ms Betty, we are so sorry for your loss. WC was a fine man. Danny always enjoyed doing farm work with him. He could give Danny a run for his money aggregating each other. We will miss him. Our prayers are with you and your family. Danny and Mary Jane
      • Ed & Vicki Schwark says:
        We are praying of you during your time of loss. May God hold you tightly in his hands. Ed & Vicki from Rome
  2. Doreen Bush says:
    Feeling your pain in my heart, Mrs. Betty. Much love hugs and prayers for peace and comfort. Matuthe Lord hold you in the palm of His mighty hand.
  3. Patricia Wells says:
    Betty my friend I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers and hugs for you. I do love you and think of you often and remember some fond memories. God bless you and family.
  4. Peggy Wilson Matagrano says:
    Betty, I’m sending you hugs and prayers. I know your loss is palpable. Please know I think of your often and am a phone call away. Love you.
  5. Laverne Griffin says:
    Betty, so sorry for your loss, you and your family will be in my prayers
  6. Larry and Mattie Gregory says:
    Betty, So sorry for your loss,
  7. Sheral Tuttle says:
    Betty We are so sorry about WC.
    We loved both of you. Prayers for all of you. I Love You Sis .
  8. Sharron Crawford Reed says:
    So sorry to hear of this. We were schoolmates at MJHS. Prayers for everyone ✝️
  9. Carol Webster says:
    Betty, I am so sorry for your loss. W.C. was a wonderful person! Love & prayers to you & your family.
  10. Kara B. Burkett says:
    Betty and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Smith RIP. My thought and prayers are with your family.
  11. Sarah and Charlie White says:
    Oh, Betty, we are so, so sorry. I did not even know he was ill. We love you.
  12. Austelle Smartt says:
    Margaret and Wiladean, I am so sorry to read of W. C.’s passing. You were our Rutland Road neighbors for years and years, and I remember many happy times together with your family. May God bless you and your families. Love, Austelle Baird Smartt
  13. Betty Baird Brashear says:
    Betty, So sorry for your loss. Prayers surround you for peaceful support.