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Alexander Smith, Sr.



Visistation With The Family:
11:00 a.m.-12 Noon on Monday, February 2, 2015
First Baptist Church, 738 East Castle Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Celebration of Life:
12:00 Noon on Monday February 2, 2015
First Baptist Church, 738 East Castle Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

The Service of Committal & Interment:
Following the service on Monday February 2, 2015
Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, Pegram, Tennessee

Alexander Smith, Sr. (affectionately known as Smitty, Al, and Big Al) was born August 28, 1950 to Mildred Smith and Amos Patton in Memphis, Tennessee. He was his moms second oldest child and oldest son.

Bishop Alexander accepted Christ in his life at an early age. He always aspired to excel in life and make great achievements. One of his great accomplishments was marrying his lovely, intelligent, and beautiful childhood friend, Betty Kathryn Brownlee on February 23, 1970 in Batesville, Mississippi. During their marriage of 45 years, Alexander, Sr. and Betty raised five beautiful children, Alicia, Chandra, Alexis, Alex Jr. and Chris. He was very proud of his children and their accomplishments.

Alexander was an extremely hard-working, industrious, smart, loving, creative, giving, compassionate, determined, God-fearing, and prideful man, husband, father, grandfather, and businessman. He was very proud to serve his country as a United States Army soldier during peacetime and wartime from 1969 - 1977. He was stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky, Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Vietnam. Even until his final days, he proudly donned his Vietnam War Veterans cap. After an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army, he settled in Middle Tennessee and worked as a Processor with Frosty Morn, an Insurance Agent with Occidental Life Insurance, and an Electrician with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Alexander earned his Associate of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology at Nashville State Technical College and completed the TVA Electrician apprenticeship program before being relocated to Jackson, Tennessee. While in Jackson, he continued to work for TVA and operated his successful business, Als Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heating. After eleven years in Jackson, Tennessee, Alexander moved his family back to Middle Tennessee, settled in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and worked with Donelson Air Condition & Heating.

Big Al, as he was affectionately called, loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family richly. He always provided well for his family ensuring all needs were met. He exemplified the true character of a modern day patriarch for his family. Alexander had a way with words that would cause you to reflect, think, smile, cherish, and take positive action. His desire was to always do well by his family and to allow them opportunities that he did not have.

Smitty inspired his children to be freethinking, disciplined, bold, brave, persistent, determined, successful, humble, and loving. He stressed the importance of education and mandated they attend college and pursue advanced degrees. His proudest moments were watching his children earn their undergraduate and advance degrees. What Al represented and exuded into the atmosphere is what he produced. His legacy will live on in generations to come. His message in life will breathe new life in the lives of his offspring and their offspring. He lived his life to the fullest and would only expect his children to do the same.

Alexander was a firm advocate of voting and political awareness. He played a vital role in community involvement through Voter Registration and Homeless Support constantly inspiring others to take a stand to do something good for the community. He became an ordained minister in 1998 and spread the gospel through his Prison and Street Ministries. Big Al loved to use his gift of gab to influence and promote what he valued and believed to be important. His smile was infectious and his laugh contagious. He truly lightened a room with his personality, smile, laughter and his tendency to treat no one as a stranger. Alexanders hobbies included: reading his Bible, preaching the Word of God, talking and inspiring others, watching football/boxing/UFC, playing chess, playing cards, race car driving, spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends, travelling (daddy would not hesitate to get in the car and drive somewhere) and serving his country.

In the days and hours comprising Alexander Smith, Sr.s closing chapter in this journey called life, he was surrounded by the love and commitment of his family and friends. His wife of 45 years was by his side day and night spending precious time with the love of her life. Al and Betty shared a love and bond like none other. Their love is everlasting. In addition, his children, children-in-law, grandchildren, siblings, and friends were there to share love, laughter, and profound conversations. He will truly be missed as he made a special imprint in the lives of many.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Goodson; father, Amos Patton; sister, Joan Market; and brothers, Tice Clarence Goodson III and Bruce Patton.

Alexander Smith, Sr. transitioned from this earthly life to eternal life on Sunday, January 25, 2015. He is survived by wife, Betty K. Smith; daughters, Alicia Smith McKnight (Quincy), Chandra Smith Vasser (Rommie) and Alexis Smith Austin (Jerry); sons, Alexander Smith Jr. (Shannon) and Christopher Lloyd Smith, PhD; grandsons, Weston Alexander Longstreet and Langston Grant McKnight; granddaughter, Savannah Grace McKnight; sisters, Dale Nash (Walter), Judy Reid (Llewelyn), Dean Bobo (Curtis), Jane Bradley, Rachel Robinson, Charlene Ingram, Juanita Cogshell and Mae Ruth Wingo; brothers, William King Goodson (Paula), Darrell Goodson (Mary), Bobby Patton and Larry Patton; stepmother, Mildred Patton; aunts, Barbara Kebbler (Quincy) and Corean Smith; uncle, Marvin Smith; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Alexander Smith, Sr.s memory will forever be cherished as it reigns high with his wife, children, extended family and friends. He leaves a lasting legacy and is greatly loved and missed.

He is love and is loved!

Blessings upon blessings, brick by brick, stone by stone, step by step!

Scales and Sons Funeral Home

PHONE: (615) 893-1313 - 24 hours a day

314 East State Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

P.O. Box 1371
Murfreesboro, TN 37133-1371