Published: November 12, 2012
Ewing Smith Jr., (known by friends and family as Tommy), a lifelong resident of Murfreesboro, died Monday, November 12, 2012, at Middle Tennessee Medical Center.
Born in 1933 to Ewing Smith and Mozelle McCullough Smith, Tommy followed in his father’s footsteps (along with two of his sisters) to become an attorney, specializing in real estate. He graduated from the University of Tennessee and UT School of Law and practiced in the family firm, Smith and Sellers, from 1956 to 2003, when he went into solo practice.
In addition to his law practice, Mr. Smith served on the Murfreesboro City Council from 1964 to 1978, serving as Vice Mayor for several of those years. He also served his community as Representative in the State Legislature for a term, and on various boards and commissions.
Mr. Smith was predeceased by his mother and father; sister, Nancy Sellers; and son-in-law, Jim Benson.
He is survived by his loving and beloved wife, Patsy Fowler Smith; daughters, Sheryl Smith and Sandy Smith Benson; and granddaughters, Kate Benson and Kelley Benson, all of Murfreesboro; step-son, Chris Bolin and wife, Anna, and two grandsons, James Truett and Samuel Bolin, all of Smyrna; sisters, Judy (Tommy) Smith of Murfreesboro and Milly (Al) Peters of Aiken, SC.
Mr. Smith had many long-time clients who were like family who will miss him in many ways.
Honorary pallbearers are his “lunch bunch” George Huddleston, Sr., Don Moser, Dave Davis, Fred Lovelace, Willard Peery, Tommy “Big Tommy” Smith and Bud Young.
Visitation will be Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2012 with David Waldron officiating. Interment will follow with Greg Waldron, Charles K. Waldron, Bubba Williams, Bob Williams, Glenn Fowler, Steve Meadow, Jack Miller and Henry Huddleston serving as active pallbearers.
Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home; 820 South Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130. 615-893-2422. Please leave condolences at www.jenningsandayers.com
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the medical research foundation of your choice.