November 18, 1925 – July 10, 2020
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Lie In State: 11:00 A.M.
Family Visitation: 12:00 Noon
Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M.
Hwy 231 Church of Christ
4331 Shelbyville Hwy, Murfreesboro, TN
Interment with Full Military Honors
Johnson Road Cemetery
Roy Mitchell Smotherman, a patriarch, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and a man of faith was born November 18, 1925 to the late Horace Smotherman Sr. and Ida Mai Kirby-Smotherman in Nashville, TN.
Preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa Ann Smotherman; great granddaughter, Tiara Jimmerson; brothers, Horace Smotherman Jr., and Elbert Smotherman; sisters, Georgiana Smotherman, Lorine Smotherman-Melton, and Frankie Bell Smotherman-McGill.
Roy Mitchell Smotherman, married the love of his life, Lucille Pope Smotherman, on January 19, 1957 and to this union, God Blessed them with five beautiful daughters; four remaining; Carolyn Pope Woods, Venice Daniel-Sneed, Donna K. Blythe and Pamela Smotherman-Williams.
He was baptized into Christ at an early age. A devoted Christian serving as a teacher, song leader and a dedicated steward at The Johnson Road Church of Christ, which he helped in the architect, the design and construction of the building. He was a major factor in the growth of the congregation, which eventually relocated and was renamed Hwy 231 Church of Christ, where he continued his faithful journey with Christ until death.
Roy Mitchell Smotherman, attended Public School through the 8th grade; he served his country in the U.S. Navy where he retired with an honorable discharge after sustaining an injury; he worked on the railroads; he retired from the V.A. and began farming cattle for about 6 years with his sons-in-law. His favorite hobbies were to read and study the Bible, cooking, gardening and fixing lawn mowers until his health declined; then he listened daily to recorded gospel sermons.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife of 63 years, Lucille Pope Smotherman; four devoted daughters, Caroyn Pope Woods, Venice (Joe) Daniel-Sneed, Donna (Jerry) Blythe and Pamela Smotherman-Williams; grandchildren, Tiffany Woods-Merideth. Marie Woods, Jason Woods, Tarra Daniel, Eric (Tracy) Daniel, Lynnaye Blythe, Jerry Blythe Jr., Cedrick (Lauren) Williams and Cededra Williams; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A special thanks to Dad’s devoted, dedicated and dependable care giver, Stanley Sharp, who Dad loved dearly as well. The family was so grateful for the love and care he rendered. Also, a special thanks to Bro. & Sis. Ira and Sonya Watkins and fellow Navy Service Comrades, who were devoted in bringing dad supplies and equipment for his needs and care.