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William Earl "Dusty" Smith

September 5, 1923 — May 13, 2016

William Earl “Dusty” Smith went to be with his Savior Friday, May 13, 2016.  Dusty was born September 5, 1923 to Jeanette Mullins Smith and William Richard Smith.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Dorothy Chapman Smith; children, Sandy Smith, William Lloyd Smith, John David Smith and Matthew Chapman Smith, granddaughter, Elizabeth Anne Frances Smith and many cherished friends.  Mr. Smith served his country in World War 2 and was at the battle of Okayama.  Dusty was a vital, principled and passionate man.  He was a career pharmacist and partnered with Raney Webb at Walgreens.  During his career Mr. Dusty never missed a day of work.  After retiring from the drug store, Dusty took up speed walking and was a national champion for several years and still hold records.  He faithfully taught the Outpost Sunday School Class at Dyersburg United Methodist Church.  He was an exercise enthusiast and credited his longevity and vitality to walking.  Dusty was a life-long learner.  He volunteered as a red coat up until weeks before he died.  His perseverance, discipline, willingness to and joy in helping others, his passion for life, love of learning, love of family and sense of patriotism will be deeply remembered and deeply missed.

                           

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in the Chapel of Curry Funeral Home conducted by Reverend Ed White and John Andy Fisher with interment to follow in Fairview Cemetery.   

 

Pallbearers will be William Lloyd Smith, John David Smith, Matthew Chapman Smith, Rodney Henry, Raney Webb and John Andy Fisher.

 

The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 18th beginning at 11:00 am until service time                at the funeral home.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Lloyd Smith and Harry Smith.

 

The family requests memorials be directed to Transitions, P.O. Box 265, Dyersburg, TN  38024-0265.

 

Arrangements entrusted to Curry Funeral Home, 1984 St. John Avenue, Dyersburg, TN  38024. 

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.curryfuneral.com.

 

 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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