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Obituary: Richard 'Dick' Leroy Smith

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Richard "Dick" Leroy Smith

Richard "Dick" Leroy Smith

Richard "Dick" Leroy Smith, 84, of Franklin, passed away Oct. 9, 2020 in Franklin. 

Mr. Smith was born in Detroit to Hulon Ray Smith and Velma Glee (Tuttle) Smith on April 17, 1936. He went to school in Benton, Kentucky, and married Marcia Dian (Hiett) Smith on Aug. 7, 1958 in Benton. He attended Murray State University in Kentucky and earned a bachelor's degree from University of Kentucky in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama, Huntsville. 

He worked in the space and defense industry, primarily for Teledyne Brown Engineering and U.S. Army Missile Command, Huntsville. 

Dick was an active member of Chase Park Church of Christ (Memorial Parkway) for 57 years. He served as a deacon, Bible class teacher, in the budget area and search/renovation committees. Dick and Dian were also directors of the "We Care" program and served in the visitation ministry. 

More recently, he was a member of Berry's Chapel Church of Christ in Franklin. 

Dick was preceded in death by his parents and a great-grandchild. 

He is survived by wife, Dian (Hiett) Smith; children, Julie Davidson (Greg) of Franklin, Mark Smith (Amy) of Texas and Lori Sullivan (Mark) of Franklin; sisters, Donna Farrell (Tom) of Syracuse, New York, and Marlene Schroader (Larry) of Benton, Kentucky; grandchildren, Emily Burgess (Allen), Blake Davidson, Kara Davidson, Haley Gray (Brian), Katie Norona (Matt), Jenni Ozella (Matt) and Rich Smith (Natalie); and great-grandchildren, Jude Burgess, Clara and Timmy Ozella, and Cora Smith. 

Services were held Oct. 12 at Valhalla Funeral Home. 

Honorary pallbearers were Dick's son, sons-in-law and grandsons. 

Memorials may be given to Chase Park Church of Christ Missions Fund, Berry's Chapel Church of Christ Family Care Fund or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. 

The family of Richard (Dick) Leroy Smith wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Paula Dunn, Dr. James Muldowney, Steven Afrow, APRN, and Home Instead Senior Care, Franklin. 

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