- June 23, 1921 - February 12, 2012
- Pulaski, Tennessee
of Kermit's Passing
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“There are no words to adequately describe him..... no paint can truly capture his portrait, I only have memories of the man who inspired, encouraged...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Pat Hendrix - Pulaski, TX
“I've always admired Coach Smith, and will always remember him. I worked for him when he was in charge of the Municipal swimming pool at the rec...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Dennis Clark Malone - Pulaski ., TN
“I very well remember Coach Smith for HIS famous DUCK WALK all the way around the gym during class I also worked for him in the office in the work...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Sandra Read Gillespie - Memphis, TN
“I shall cherist our Christmas together when I gave him the razorback gift.
4 of 22 | Posted by: Sheila Maxield - Conway, AR
“I FEEL VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE BEEN A FRIEND OF COACH SMITH. WE TOOK ALOT OF TRIPS TOGETHER WHILE I WAS ON THE GOLF TEAM. HAVE MANY GOOD MEMORIES OF...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: BARRY CHRISTIAN - COLUMBIA, TN
“I have known Kermit Smith for over forty years as a Coach; Athletic Director; NJCAA Region VII Director; and as the Publicity Director of the TJCCAA...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: L. Quentin Lane - Ormond Beach, FL
“What a loss for our Martin family. Coach Smith was a great man, dedicated to his principles and beliefs, a roll model for all to follow. I just...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Johnny Jones - Harriman, TN
“God bless you, Coach Smith, for the love you showed us, the positive outlook you shared, and the example you set. I would be more than gratified if...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Kim Murdoch-Smith - Franklin, TN
“My condolences to the family of Coach Kermit Smith. I will always remember him for the funny stories he incorporated with his teaching.
Rest in...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Judy Stinnett
“I will miss the long visits we had while I was at Martin College and the many times after I finished school. Coach always made the golf road trips...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Blane Hutton - Adamsville, TN
“I met Coach Smith in the fall of 1990 as a college freshman when he would work nights at the CLC. We would talk about athletics of course but usually...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Charlie Pope - Shelbyville, TN
“My thoughts and prayers go out to Coach Smith's family, loved ones and his friends. Coach Smith was a special person and one that influenced my life...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Frank Davis - Suches, GA
“Coach Smith will always be remembered as the face of Martin College. He was an outstanding individual. I have thought of him often throughout the...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Lisa Kunkel Schaeffer - York, PA
“Coach, you will never know how much you influenced our lives. Thank you so much.
Alex Shivers, Class of '54
14 of 22 | Posted by: Charles "Alex" Shivers - TN
“God Bless you Coach Smith. You taught me as a student and you inspired me as an athlete and a man. I was bless to have known you.
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15 of 22 | Posted by: Steve Logan - LaGragne, GA
“Rest in Peace, Coach. You gifted me and so many. Your talents, nobility, and vitality were remarkable. ~ Doak Class of 1988
16 of 22 | Posted by: Doak M Mansfield - Clinton, NC
“I was saddened to hear of Coach Smith's passing. When I was a freshman, I worked for both him and Coach Earle as my workship. It always strikes me...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Betty (Hefner) Fitzgerald - KY
You were a wonderful Swimming Instructor but most of all a Great Friend. I will miss our conversations about old times when you taught...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Moody - Pulaski, TN
“Coach Smith was a man of class. Always quick with a smile and a kind word. Coach Smith will be greatly missed by the Martin family. Thoughts and...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: H. Scott Delk '92 - Chapel Hill, TN
“Kermit is probably the face of Martin College (old dog here) more than any other individual. I took golf as a P.E. elective from Kermit so I could...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Zach Clayton - Kingston Springs, TN
“I HAVE MANY FOUND MEMORIES OF KERMIT. HE WAS A GENTLEMANS
GENTLEMAN. NEVER MET A PERSON SO POSITIVE ON LIFE AND A TREMENDOUS "CAN DOER". HE WIL...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: GENE E. CRIPPEN - JONESBORO, IL
“Kermit was a great friend and mentor. He touched so many lives in so many positive ways. He always made us feel good about ourselves.
His...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Lynn Greer - Nashville, TN
Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home
Mr. Kermit Smith passed away Sunday, February 12, 2012 at Maury Regional Hospital.
He was a longtime athletic director and coach at Martin Methodist College. a inductee into the
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church here in Pulaski.
Visitation will be 2 o'clock until 6 o'clock Thursday, February 16, 2012, at Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home.
The funeral Service will follow at 6:00 with Rev. Gary Taylor, Coach Jimmy Earle, Rev. Whitney Mitchell, and Pat Hendrix officiating.
A graveside service will be held Friday at 10:00am at Maplewood Cemetery.
The family suggest memorial donations be made to Kermit Smith Scholarship Fund at
Martin Methodist College, %Sally Phelps, 433 West Madison Street, Pulaski, Tennessee 38478
He was preceded in death by his, parents, Nathanial Green Smith and Lillian Samuel Smith, and his wife Jo Nell Smith.
He is survived by his, daughter, Debrah Ann Galimore of Conway, Ark.
grandchildren, Nicholas Burton, Parick Burton, Rachel Burton, and Jeremy Burton.
niece, Gayle Girard of Little Rock, Ark.
special friend Sue Black of Minor Hill.
Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Kermit Smith.