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Clifford Garland Smith
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Clifford Smith, age 89, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, passed away May 24, 2018. He was a retired teacher from the Oak Ridge Schools and also retired from the Oak Ridge Schools Federal Credit Union. He was born August 22, 1928, and was raised in East Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Harmon Smith and Ann McCall Smith, and by his wife of 53 years, Wanda Smith, and by his son Stephen. He survived by his son, Mark, of Bristol, Tennessee, and by his daughter-in-law Norma Smith, of Del Ray Beach, Florida, and by his brother, Ralph Smith, of Alcoa, and by his sister and brother-in-law JoAnn and Marion Waters of Maryville. He graduated from Maryville College in 1950 and was almost immediately drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was in an Anti Aircraft Artillery Unit. He Rose to the rank of Sergeant in a little over one year. He spent most of his overseas time in Germany. After his discharge he continued his graduate work at the university of Tennessee where he was also an instructor in the College of Education during the summer period. He was a teacher in the Oak Ridge School System for 30 years. After retiring form teaching he was assistant manager of the Oak Ridge Schools Federal Credit Union for over 20 years. Most of his teaching career was spent at Jefferson Junior High School where he at different times taught art, science, and mathematics. He was also the seventh and eight grade basketball couch for 15 years. He was also the Director of the Science Materials Information Services program for the Regional Science Experience Center and the Center for In-Service Education as well as other major regional projects funded by the National Science Foundation. He illustrated several books and many newsletters, and did many drawings for the Oak Ridger especially during the World’s Fair. After retiring from the credit union he assisted in the design and development of the new National Knife Museum and his work is still viewed by thousands of visitors to Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville. He was always proud of his years of association with the thousands of JJHS students that he had class, and with the fine Oak Ridge teachers, administrators, and school employees with whom he taught and worked. The family would like to thank the amazing staff at Ben Atchley Tennessee State Veterans’ Home who showed Clifford much love and gave him support during his final years. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 5 – 7pm at Weatherford Mortuary. The funeral will follow at 7pm. Family and friends will meet for a graveside service on Wednesday at 10am at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. Military honors will be provided. An on-line guest book can be signed at
www.weatherfordmortuary.com.


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Visitation

Tuesday

29

May

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Weatherford Mortuary

158 South Jefferson Circle
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Funeral

Tuesday

29

May

7:00 PM
Weatherford Mortuary

158 South Jefferson Circle
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Graveside Service

Wednesday

30

May

10:00 AM
Oak Ridge Memorial Park

1501 Bethel Valley Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Meet at the cemetery in the Garden of the Last Supper.

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