Eugene was known to be a kind and very gentle man. was said to have a very good sense of humor. His daughter Lillian describes him as a man of about 5’ 6” tall and weighed approximately 150 lbs. His nicknames were Gene, or Bean. He had Black hair and Blue eyes. Eugene sang tenor with the family, which was almost a nightly thing for the Smith family. He had worked at the local newspaper and then later as an electrician. Eugene had gotten electrocuted on the job. It is said that he died and had to be resuscitated. He had had Parkinson's and this incident seemed to have worsened his condition. Eugene later became and invalid.
On the 23rd of December 1967, Eugene passed on in his family’s home. He was interred at P Z Ridge in Scott's Chapel along with many members of his family. He is sadly missed by his family.
Eugene and Leona’s Smiths Children
1. Orie Jerlene Smith Born on the 7th day of May 1937 in Dover Tennessee. She married Clarence William Hutchison (b.1-11-1936) on 9-1-1955 in Stewart county Tennessee. To this union 3 children were born. 1. Thomas Eugene b. 8-28-1956 Dover Tennessee. Married Laurel Marie Thompson daughter of Chuck and Carmen Thompson. Tom and Laurel’s children were Michael Eugene (b. 10-15-1975) and Michelle Lee (b.2-7-1979) both children were born in Albuquerque New Mexico. – 2. William Clarence (b. 8-3-1957). Married Lanola Heaney daughter of William Heaney and Lee Etta Henson on 9-10-1982. They had one child Amber Renee (b. 10-24-1988). - 3. Jeanetta Lynne ( b. 12-23-1958). Married Larry Joe Brown. 2 children Amanda Renee (b. 5-16-1980) and Larry Joe (b. 5-17-1982).
2. Lillian Lorena Smith Born on the 8th day of August 1944 in Dover, Stewart County Tennessee. Married Jerry Don McConnell (b. 6-9-1947 – d. 10-16-1980) son of Alvie Orin McConnell (b. 10-14-1918 – d. 2-22-1997) and Margaret Eva Dunford (b. 3-15-1919 – d. 3-13-1999) on the 30th day of July 1964 in Weiser Idaho. To this union three children were born. Jerry Don McConnell Jr. born 28 May, 1965, Margaret Lea McConnell born 20 June, 1966 and Shannon Marie McConnell born 26 February, 1971. Lillian died on 20 April, 2006 in Cordell, Oklahoma. She is buried at the Hobart Cemetery in Hobert, Oklahoma.
3. Hillman Eugene Smith Born on the 21st day of November 1945 in Dover Tennessee. Hillman had no children.
4. Raymond Earl Smith Born on the 15th day of September 1947 in Dover Tennessee. Raymond married Lynda ? and had 2 children. Dawn Smith and Raymond Earl II. Raymond died of Colon Cancer on the 7th day of August 1986 in Dover. He is buried with both his parents at Scott's Chapel at P Z Ridge in Cumberland City Tennessee