businessman, community leader
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 2 at the Westland United Methodist Church for Mr. Smith, 86, of Lebanon.
Born in Byrdstown and a 1947 graduate of Lebanon High School, Mr. Smith died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 at his residence.
Mr. Smith attended Cumberland University and in 1948 joined the U.S. Navy where he served aboard the USS Dixie.
He was a charter member of the Westland United Methodist Church and was a longtime member of the Lebanon Rotary Club.
Mr. Smith served as President of the Lebanon - Wilson County Chamber of Commerce in 1988 and served on the Board of First Tennessee Bank for over 25 years.
The Chamber honored him as Retailer of the Year in 1992. He was co-founder of Cumberland Real Estate and he owned and operated Smith Furniture Company with his father, Willard H. Smith and brother-in-law Pat Williams for 44 years.
An avid golfer, he formerly served as President of the Lebanon Golf & Country Club. Max was a light in the community who bought joy and laughter to all of those around him.
Rev. Tim Palmer and Rev. Ed Pugh officiated the services. Interment followed with military honors in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife of 64 years, Ann McDearman Smith and children Rick (Cathy) Smith, Chip (Jan) Smith and Sheri Smith (Danny) Woodard.
Also surviving are grandchildren James Gourley, Joey (Michelle) Gourley, Ryan Smith, Michael (Nicole) Smith, Luke Smith, Megan Smith, Lindsay Huddleston and Jeff Carroll (Brittney); great grandchildren Silas Mason Smith, Gavin Huddleston, Maddox Huddleston, Kyle Dyer and Maddie Carroll as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Smith is preceded in death by his parents Willard H. Smith and Martha Bertman Smith; sister Bonnie Smith Williams and niece Patty Williams.
Active pallbearers: James Gourley, Joey Gourley, Ryan Smith, Michael Smith, Luke Smith, John McDearman and Ronnie Williams. Honorary: Lebanon Rotary Club, Westland Men's Club and Max's Golf Buddies.
The family request contributions be made in Mr. Smith's memory to the Westland United Methodist Church, 110 Dawson Lane, Lebanon 37087.
Arrangements were in the care of Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.