Nathaniel (Nate) Smith, - 90 formerly of Kingsport went to sleep peacefully on June 2, 2015 after a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, (Mr. Elbert & Mrs. Nellie Smith), wife (Lena Lois), granddaughter (Tyonna), and grandson (Aye).
He was born and raised in Sullivan County, and educated at Douglass High School where he played on the football team and graduated from Morristown College. He then served his country in the United States Navy as a SC2C from 1943–1946. He was married to Lena Lois and from this union came 3 children. Oliver(OT or Tim), Howard(Harry), and Natalie. He was a Mason and a member of the American Legion. Well-known for his great culinary skills he catered and hosted many events. He retired from Tennessee Eastman in 1983 after many years of service and in 1991 he and his wife relocated to the Atlanta area. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2000 with all their children and grandchildren in attendance. Well loved and respected by his family and friends he was known as Pops, Captain, and Granddaddy to all who knew him.
He leaves to cherish his memory, a loving Sister-in-Law, Mrs. Mamie Gillenwater, sons, Oliver (Wilburtine), Howard (Elaine), and daughter, Mrs. Natalie Maines (Greg), grandsons, Ryan (Cindy), Aki (Karmen), Sentel (Ashley), Gregory (Angela), Justin (Cherrelle), granddaughters, Ms. Ayonna(Aaron), Yaina(Ahmed), and Ms. Kawana, 16 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and a special friend, Ms. Virgelia Ellis.
Family will be receiving friends at 247 Dunbar Street. Services will be held at Central Baptist Church with visitation Monday June 8, 2015 @ 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m., funeral service to follow with Minister Perry Stuckey officiating. Interment services will be held Tuesday June 9th at 2:30pm at the VA National Cemetery, Mt. Home TN. The Cortege will depart from Central Baptist Church at 1:30pm