Mr. Vernon Lane Smith, age 70 of Douglasville, Georgia passed away at his home on Thursday, May 29, 2014.
Funeral services for Mr. Smith will be conducted on Saturday May 31, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. from the Tom Stutts and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin, Georgia with the Reverend Lynn Janney officiating.
The interment will follow in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive guests two hours prior to service time.
Mr. Smith was born in Crossville, Tennessee on June 7, 1943, the son of the late Martha Jane Beyer Smith and Dewey George Smith.
He was a Retired Chief Petty Officer, United States Navy. He served his country gallantly during the Vietnam Conflict.
For his great allegiance to his country he received the Meritorious Unit Commendation; 2nd Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal W/Fleet Marine Forcer Insignia, Technical Service Medal 2nd Class, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation.
After his retirement from the Navy he then worked until he completed a second retirement with the United States Postal Service. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He was especially fond of the grandchildren. Mr. Smith was a man of great integrity he gave greatly to his country and all he knew. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Joyce Hembree Smith of Douglasville, GA.; two sons Darold Wiggins of Franklin, GA, and Dwayne Wiggins (April) of Conyers, GA.; four sisters, Vancineta Wisdom, Jessie Dean (Warren), Linda Moffett (Ken), Velma Burgess (Dave) all of Crossville, TN.; three brothers, John Lee Smith (Eunice) of Crossville, TN., Delmer Smith (Monica) of Shalimar, FL., and Nowell Smith (Vicky) Lebanon, TN.; grandchildren, Chafin and Justin Pitts, Brett Wiggins, Brandon Wiggins, Daulton Wiggins, and Caitlin Wiggins.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Sherrill, and four brothers, Robert, Alfonso, Franklin, and Ronald Smith.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.