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Frank "Neal" C. Smith

February 17, 1933 ~ June 15, 2021 (age 88)

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Frank “Neal” C. Smith, age 88, of Athens, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at his residence.

Frank was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County.  He was the son of the late Andrew Jackson and Edna Murphy Smith.  He was also preceded in death by sisters Ruth Powell and Delois Shell, brothers J.C. Smith, Ernie Smith and Arnold Smith, and daughter-in-law Kimberly Pressley Smith.

Frank was a lifelong member of East Athens Baptist Church where he was a Deacon for many years.  He also taught Sunday School for many years and went on several mission trips.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from Mayfield’s Dairy Plant after 26 years.

Frank is survived by his loving wife of 66 years Gerwonda Ballew Smith of Athens;

Daughter Patty Phillips and husband Seth of Athens;

Son Frank Michael Smith of Athens;

Sister June Lingerfelt of Chattanooga;

Brother Henry Smith and wife Nina of Athens;

Brother-In-Law and Sister-In-Law David and Shirley Ballew;

5 Grandchildren;

9 Great-Grandchildren;

Many Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 PM – 7 PM, Thursday, June 17 at East Athens Baptist Church.

Funeral Services will follow at 7:00 PM with Pastor Mike Dannel officiating.

Burial will be at 11:00 AM Friday at McMinn Memory Gardens with military honors.  

Pallbearers will be Pat Smith, Dennis Shell, Joe Knox, Donnie Anderson, Barry Toomey and Butch Smith.

If you are unable to attend the visitation or funeral services, you are encouraged to sign the online registry at: www.zieglerfuneralhome.com

Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Frank “Neal” C. Smith.

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Services

Funeral Service
Thursday
June 17, 2021

7:00 AM
EAST ATHENS BAPTIST CHURCH
301 CENTRAL AVE.
ATHENS, TN 37303

Visitation
Thursday
June 17, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
EAST ATHENS BAPTIST CHURCH
301 CENTRAL AVE.
ATHENS, TN 37303

GRAVESIDE
Friday
June 18, 2021

11:00 AM
McMinn Memory Gardens
1727-1739 County Road 560
Athens, TN 37303

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