Bert Edgar Smith III, 69, of Church Hill, Tenn., went to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2012, at Marshall Medical Center in Lewisburg.
Bert was born in Kingsport and was a resident of Church Hill for over 50 years before moving to Lewisburg to live and work with his eldest son. Bert was a lifelong livestock dealer and had a passion for being on the farm and around animals. Bert always had a great love for cattle and the outdoors. He was active in his community and never met a stranger. He was an avid lover of sports and enjoyed watching his boys grow up playing football, and his daughters riding horses and cheerleading. Bert was a child of God and a member of First Baptist Church in Church Hill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Marie Smith Jr., along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Bert Smith III is survived by his sons, Bert Smith IV and wife Lisa of Lewisburg, Alex Smith of Lewisburg, Ben Smith and wife Meghan of Johnson City; his daughters, Susan Smith Alvis and husband Brent of Blountville and Anna Marie Smith of Lexington; three grandchildren, Amber Alvis, Matthew Alvis and his wife Kati, and Hannah Smith; a great-grandchild, Kaiden Lee Alvis; and a special niece, Kim Wallace Baker.
He had a special relationship with his sisters, Alice Clark and husband Herman, Judy Cave, Ava Bazarnik and husband Walter, and Nancy Wallace and husband Shelbourne. Bert maintained a friendship with the mother of his children, Kay Smith White, and former mother-in law Mary Carr. Bert also had several nieces and nephews all of whom he loved very much.
Calling hours were held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the chapel at Carter-Trent Funeral Home of Church Hill with Pastor Gary Gerhardt officiating. Music was provided by Katy King. A graveside service followed the funeral service at Oak Hill Cemetery with Jim Sells, Tim Baker, Bruce Tranbarger, Mark Droke, Matthew Alvis, Lynn Hodge, William Rosenbaum, John Ellis, and Donnie Hutson serving as pallbeaerers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, Second Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540 or The Second Harvest Food Bank, 127 Dillon Court, Gray, TN 37615.
You may send online condolences to the family by visiting www.cartertrent.com.
Carter-Trent Funeral Home of Church Hill served the Smith family.