BIOGRAPHIES of HENDERSON COUNTY

HERSCHEL KENNON SMITH

Herschel Kennon (H.K.) Smith was born February 5, 1915 in Lexington, Tennessee and is the only living son of Samuel Kennon Smith and Joe Henry (Moffitt) Smith. (His younger sister, JoeAnn Smith, was born July 4, 1926 in Bruceton. H.K. Smith started to school in Lexington, but in 1924 the Smiths moved to Bruceton in Carroll County where he finished his formal education. He became a building contractor when a young man, in which vocation he was an acknowledged success. His buildings located throughout Carroll County and West Tennessee attest to his fine ability as a contractor. December 25, 1936. H.K. Smith was married to Dorothy McGrady (born May 5, 1917, Camden), a daughter of James Patrick and Cassie McGrady of Benton County. The Smiths moved from Bruceton to McKenzie in March 1941 where they lived for two decades; then moved to Memphis in October 1964 and since July 1969 they have lived in Jackson, Tennessee. H.K. Smith served in the U.S. Navy, in the Pacific during the second World War served as commander of American Legion Post 37 in McKenzie 1949; was a charter member of the Rotary Club in McKenzie; a member of the Lions Club and the V.F.W. He is a York Rite Mason and Shriner and was a member of the board of stewards of First Methodist Church in McKenzie. 1946- 1964. While living in McKenkie H.K. Smith contributed liberally in numerous worthy causes and organizations, including Bethel College. He was a sometime alderman of this town. Dorothy Smith was for years a Sunday School teacher and Eastern Star. Her children have long been grateful that she was a dedicated homemaker as their father was a building contractor. H.K. and Dorothy Smith celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on December 25, 1986. Their three children; James Smith who was born and died October 24, 1937. in Bruceton, (He is buried in the family lot Eastview Cemetery near Camden). Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith, born May 8, 1939 in Camden, is an educator and Benton County Historian, emeritus, and has been a resident of Memphis. Tennessee for many years. Lucinda Sue (Cindy) Smith, born December 7, 1942 in Camden, is the wife of Colin Charles Hart: they live in London, England and have two daughters. Lisa Carole Hart born April 9, 1970 and Lara Candice Hart, born March 24, 1974. Submitted by: Jonathan Smith and Cindy S. Hart

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