Steven Dennis Smith

Born on November 11, 1949

Departed on May 19, 2018 and resided in Lebanon, TN

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Steven Dennis Smith was born in Madison, Tennessee on November 21, 1949, and passed away at home without pain or suffering on May 19, 2018 at the age of 68 in Lebanon. He was preceded in death by his parents, James William Smith, and Margaret Agnes Dennis Smith, and his grandmother, Eva “Bubba” Howell. He was survived by his wife, Kimberly Thomas; his sister, Donna George; his son, Martin Smith; his daughter, Camille Smith Espinoza; and his nephew, Chris Pettinato. Steve was a 1967 graduate of Madison High School, a 1972 graduate of Tennessee Tech with a degree in engineering, and was retired from the Nashville Ford Glass Plant.
Steve was a devoted father, a caring partner, and a dedicated brother who always put his responsibility to his family first. Generous almost to a fault, Steve was well known for putting the needs of others above his own. In addition to his love of spending time with his family and friends, Steve was a lifelong lover of animals, especially dogs. He spent most of his children’s childhoods referring to his dog BJ as his “oldest child” - something his son and daughter now look back on with a smile.
While Steve understood the value of the grieving process after a loss, he would most certainly rather his friends and family look back on his life in the days ahead with happiness and laughter rather than tears and sadness. The family asks that all who knew him pass on the stories he shared, the advice that he gave, and the memories they made with him. The family also requests all who know him perform an act of kindness in his name, and ask whomever they help to pass it on.

20 Comments to Steven Dennis Smith

  1. Ken Steverson
    May 23, 2018 1:33 pm

    I have very fond memories of Steve and our days at MHS. Steve and I were among the few to have motor scooters. In fact he taught me how to use the clutch and change gears when I got my scooter. We spent a lot of time riding around Madison. My prayers for the family.

  2. Celia D Ellis
    May 23, 2018 1:39 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I will always remember his kindness. He always had a smile on his face & a twinkle in his eyes! He was a soft spoken, gentle man. Our thoughts are with his family. You have our sympathy! Celia Driver Ellis and Curtis Ellis

  3. Jane Kelley Armour
    May 23, 2018 2:33 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Steve was always so pleasant and helpful; a genuinely kind person. He was one the great ones at MHS.

  4. sam wolfe
    May 23, 2018 3:23 pm

    Happy trails, Steve. Great memories from the neighborhood and school. You used to scare the pants off me with that scooter. Go chase some stars.

  5. Randy Fisher
    May 23, 2018 3:24 pm

    Steve was such a good and kind person. He was a good high school friend who cared for us all.

  6. Georgia Hankins
    May 23, 2018 3:59 pm

    So sorry for your lost. Steve was a gentleman and kind. My prayers goes to you and love ones. He in a better place. Kind memories Georgia Carter Hankins

  7. Linda Adcock
    May 23, 2018 4:19 pm

    Sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. Prayers and condolences to the family. He was a genuinely kind and pleasant person.
    He will be missed.

  8. Linda Gilliland Allen
    May 23, 2018 5:04 pm

    When I moved into MHS as a freshman, so many of our classmates had been together for the elementary and junior high years. I was new. Steve made me feel welcome and part of the school family early on. We remained good friends from then on. I will keep his family in my prayers.

  9. Regina Cliburn Overton
    May 23, 2018 6:07 pm

    So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I remember him playing saxophone in the same band as my twin brother, so he was at our house quite often. I had the biggest crush on him. I have often wondered where he was and how he was doing. My sympathy to his family.

  10. Mike Head
    May 23, 2018 8:40 pm

    Steve was a kind hearted person and always enjoyed life. He looked forward to coming to our MHS Class of 67 reunions when he could to see all his classmates. He always was asking about them and what they were doing. We will miss him. Our prayers go out to his children and other family members. May he rest in peace.

  11. Peggy Brooks Lowe
    May 23, 2018 10:07 pm

    I am praying for Steve’s family. He will be missed…his kind and caring personality was a blessing to all who knew him. My sympathy to his family.

  12. Sandra Burnette
    May 23, 2018 11:38 pm

    Even at a young age you could see that Steve was smart, sincere, and fun-loving — a friend to all. He will be missed. Godspeed, friend.

  13. Nellie and Ray Smith
    May 24, 2018 8:04 pm

    Steve was a great friend, co-worker, and boss over the years at Ford Glass Division! We worked together in Tulsa, Detroit, and Nashville. He had such a positive affect over everyone and every situation he encountered! He was fun to work with and fun to socialize with! There was never a dull moment with Steve! Our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones!

    Nellie and Ray Smith

  14. Chuck Dillon
    May 24, 2018 10:18 pm

    Steve and I grew up together about a block apart. We had a lot of great times together, I help on the paper route sometimes and one cold morning I snuck mom and dad’s car out so we could stay warm while delivering the papers. He was a great friend and you have a great time with the Lord, I know you will.

    With my deepest sympathies to all his family and all his loved ones, anyone who knew Steve loved him

    • Darlene Parrish Sims
      May 26, 2018 12:45 am

      So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I met Steve in the first grade at Tom Joy Elementary School and found that we shared the same birthday. Somehow, we found ourselves to be in the same classes every year…until I moved to Madison when we were in the sixth grade, sending me to Stratton Elementary. Then, to my surprise and delight, Steve’s family moved to Madison at some point, and we again continued to be classmates throughout our years at Madison High. I remember he was always so kind, friendly and caring, and I’m thankful to have known him as a good friend. My prayers are with you, his family and close friends. Blessing and comfort to you all. Steve will certainly be missed.

  15. Darlene Parrish Sims
    May 26, 2018 12:36 am

    So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I first met Steve in the first grade at Tom Joy Elementary School and found that we shared the same birthday. Somehow, we seemed to be in the same classes every year…until I moved to Madison when we were in the sixth grade, sending me to Stratton Elementary. Then, to my surprise and delight, Steve’s family moved to Madison at some point, and we again continued to be classmates throughout our years at Madison High. I remember he was always so kind, friendly and caring, and I’m thankful to have known him as a good friend. My prayers are with you, his family and close friends. Blessing and comfort to you all. Steve will be missed.

  16. Darlene Parrish Sims
    May 26, 2018 12:44 am

    So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I met Steve in the first grade at Tom Joy Elementary School and found that we shared the same birthday. Somehow, we found ourselves to be in the same classes every year…until I moved to Madison when we were in the sixth grade, sending me to Stratton Elementary. Then, to my surprise and delight, Steve’s family moved to Madison at some point, and we again continued to be classmates throughout our years at Madison High. I remember he was always so kind, friendly and caring, and I’m thankful to have known him as a good friend. My prayers are with you, his family and close friends. Blessing and comfort to you all. Steve will be missed.

  17. Richard McGaugh
    May 26, 2018 8:45 am

    Sad to hear, He was a great guy. My prayers are with his family.

  18. Linda Brooks Campbell
    May 26, 2018 10:41 am

    I grew up also in the same neighborhood with all these boys from Madison. Chuck, Steve, Darks boys, Dennis Oinks, McDaniel Twins, I could go on and on our neighborhood was full of BOYS. I remember Steve as the sweetest thing in this world. When I was in a car accident in 1967 he said STAY AWAY FROM THOSE WRECKS, He was precious. 1949 a very good year for such a fine baby boy to be born to deserving parents and grew up to be a fine man.

    Now he is in God’s HAVEN looking down on all of his Madison friends, his family and all that was associated with him.He will be an Angel to us all. He’ll be truly missed.

    Linda Brooks Campbell

  19. Donna Binnion Smith
    May 28, 2018 9:49 am

    I agree with Celia about the twinkle–I always think of Steve with a twinkle in his eyes. He was one of the easiest persons to talk with, and I will miss just knowing he is on this earth. I add my prayers to so many others for comfort and peace for Steve’s family.

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