Joseph Charles SMIDDY, age 84 of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2010.
He was a long time member of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City and a member of Moulders Sunday School Class.
Dr. J. Charles Smiddy retired as the Vice President of Consumer Sales from Knoxville based White Lily Foods Co. in 1995 where he had worked for 43 years. He served as a U.S. Marine in WWII; he began his business career as co-owner and manager of S.D. Smiddy and Son Grocery in Jellico, TN. He then became an area salesman for the Renfro Wholesale Grocery in Williamsburg, KY where he worked until he joined White Lily in 1952. Smiddy has served on the University of the Cumberlands' Board of Trustees since 1995, and has been a staunch friend and supporter of the University's work. He received an honorary Doctorate degree from University of the Cumberland's in business administration. After retirement he served as President and CEO of S.N.S. Enterprises, Inc., and C.N.E. Enterprises, Inc.
Preceded in death by wife of 59 years, Jean Marion Smiddy; parents, Silus David and Emma Elizabeth West Smiddy of Williamsburg, KY; brother, Jim L. Smiddy of Cleveland, TN.
Survived by devoted children, Gloria Smiddy Price and Robert C. Price, Robert M. Smiddy and Marketta Harris Smiddy, Carolyn Smiddy Ellenburg and Dr. Donald Ellenburg.
Mr. Smiddy was blessed with 6 grandchildren, Missy Price Leonard and husband Luke, Jason Price and wife Kate, Erica Smiddy Queen and husband Charles, Harrison Smiddy and wife Devon, Dr. Trent Ellenburg and wife Jennifer, and Blake Ellenburg. Mr. Smiddy was known as "Papaw Charlie" to his great-grandchildren, Connor McDaniel, Price, Caroline and Sarah Grace Leonard, Barrett Price, Robbie and Brooke Queen. Brother, Jack M. Smiddy of Knoxville.
Special uncles, Rev. Robert L. Smiddy of Palm Harbor, FL, and Dr. Joseph C. Smiddy of Wise, VA.
Family will receive friends Friday July 2, 2010 from 6 – 8 pm at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel. Service will follow at 8 pm with Rev. Ron Mouser officiating. Family and friends will meet Saturday, July 3, 2010 at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel at 10:15 and leave in procession to Greenwood Cemetery for an 11 am interment. Pallbearers will be son-in-law and grandsons. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Moulders Sunday School Class. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the University of the Cumberlands, 6191 College Station Dr., Williamsburg, KY. Arrangements by Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Dr. Condolences may be offered at www.lynnhurstchapel.com