$5,000 donation begins annual pledge
LEBANON -- The family of the late Max Smith of Lebanon showed their support of Cumberland University Athletics by making a $5,000 donation in his memory this week and pledged to continue with the same amount or more each year.
Ann McDearman Smith, his wife of 64 years, and his sons, Rick and Chip Smith, presented University President Dr. Paul C. Stumb, and Director of Athletics Ron Pavan, with a check this week.
"Our father loved Cumberland sports and we are just glad to be able to do this," said Chip Smith. Rick Smith added, "Our hope is to make this gift for the next 20-30 years."
Max Smith attended Cumberland in the early 1950s and was supportive of the university's athletic teams, including women's basketball and golf, as well as other initiatives, such as scholarships, for many years.
Mr. Smith, who died in August of 2015, served as President of the Lebanon - Wilson County Chamber of Commerce in 1988
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.
"We are so thankful for this donation; this gift is a blessing to athletics and to the university overall," Pavan said.