Kenneth Ray Smith, 73, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 6, 2021, at Saint Thomas MidTown Hospital, in Nashville.
Mr. Smith was born May 30, 1947, in Sparta, the son of James Hershell Smith and Lora Lee Smith.
He was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. Mr. Smith was a faithful member of Sparta First Free Will Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Carolyn Gay Smith, of Sparta; daughters, Lisa Officer (Bobby,) of Sparta, Kimberly Strickland (Jeff), of Mt. Juliet; grandson, Jake Officer, of Sparta; sisters-in-law, Leslie Ludwig, Wilma Gay, both of Sparta; brother-in-law, Luther Parsley, of Sparta; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He leaves behind a church family and loving friends as well.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Jan. 10, 2021, at Sparta First Free Will Baptist Church, with burial in Corinth Cemetery. Rudy Oakes will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Russell Walker, Gary McBride, Bud Hickey, Roger Bryant, Terry Steele, and David Mackie.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sparta First Free Will Baptist building fund.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.