James Tommy “Lighten” Smithson, 72, of Thompson’s Station, passed away at his residence on June 19, 2019.
Mr. Smithson was born in Williamson County. He was a member of the Church of Christ faith and he was a veteran of the U.S. Marines, serving in Vietnam. He loved reading, music and most of all talking and debating.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Andrew Smithson and Corinne Lofton Smithson, and mother-in-law, Reba Church Schmidt.
He’s survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Patricia Schmidt Smithson; children, Amber and Wes Gomes, Allison Smithson and Jamie Smithson; sister, Pam Parker; father-in-law, Robert Schmidt; brothers-in-law, John Schmidt and wife Susan and Joe Schmidt and wife Donna; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and the many children he loved through Thompson’s Station Childcare.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday June 24, 2019 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home with Ed Slayton officiating. Visitation with the family will be 4-8 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in Burwood Cemetery.
Active pallbearers are Jonathan Schmidt, John Schmidt, Jason Donoho, Coy Bean, Wes Gomes, Wes Logan, Adam Parker and Jeremy Parker. Honorary pallbearers are Joe Schmidt, Robert “Stretch” Hester, Eddie Chunn, Bobby Hood, Billy Speck, James Lofton, Gene King, David Skidmore, The Breakfast Club, Tuesday morning Bible class and his nieces.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 223 Rosa L. Parks Ave. suite 301, Nashville, TN 37203, or Churches of Christ Disaster Relief, 410 Allied Dr., Nashville, TN 37211
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, 3009 Columbia Ave Franklin, TN 37064 615-794-2289, Williamson memorial.com