Edice Ray Smith was born on January 11,1928 in Clarksville, Tennessee and died on August 28, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee, following a long illness.
Mr. Smith served his country in the United States Navy. He loved working with people, and providing service to his friends, family, customers, and church. He managed Flagg Brothers shoe stores before becoming a State Farm Insurance agent. He was an Eagle Scout, Scout Master, and Cub Master. A Lutheran, he will be missed by other members of Memorial Lutheran Church of Nashville, First Lutheran Church of Nashville, and the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Myrtle Smith, one sister, Eleanor Horn, a son, Edice Ray Smith, Jr., and his wives, Clara Twomey Smith and Janice Lund Blankenship Smith.
He will be mourned and missed by a brother, Harold Smith; a sister, Ann Hamilton; sons and daughters-in-law Larry and Dianne, Rand and Beth, Jeff and Ann, and Marty and Pam; step-daughters, Karen and Kathy; as well as thirteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Woodlawn Funeral Home, at 660 Thompson Lane in Nashville, on Sunday, August 31st from 2:00 until 5:00 pm, and First Evangelical Lutheran Church, at 113 Eighth Avenue South in Nashville, on Monday, September 1st at 9:00 am. The funeral service will be held on Monday at 10:00 am, immediately following the visitation, and will be conducted by the Rev. Brian Hooper at First Lutheran. Interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Edice’s grandchildren, and their spouses or fiancés will serve as honorary pallbearers: Stephanie (Matt Keegan), Jennifer (Charles) Fisher, Rachael (Kevin Olsen), Sarah (David) Foutch, Holly (Russell) Hanberry, Dan, MaryBeth, Andrew (Julie Campbell), Kayla (Blake Bohanan), Christie, Angela (Charles Davis), Chris (Becky), and Amanda (Spencer Johnston).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the ELCA Mission Investment Fund or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in his name. The family wishes to thank the staff of Belmont Village - An Assisted Living Facility in Nashville for the care and support they provided for Edice while he lived there.