Dr. Douglas Dewitt Smith, DDS, age 65, passed away July 26, 2018 at Tennova North, Knoxville. He was of the Christian faith. He is preceded in death by his beloved mother/best friend, Jane Collett Smith; grandparents, O.T. and Mable Collett; grandmother, Fay Smith; and special great-grandfather, H.T. Seymour.
Doug was born in Knoxville but was raised in Kingsport where he graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1970. He attended UT Knoxville where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and graduated in 1974. He graduated from UT Memphis in 1977 as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. He practiced dentistry primarily in Kingsport but also in Knoxville and the surrounding area for over 35 years. The last three years of his career, he worked as a dentist on Indian Reservations in South Dakota and New Mexico while traveling the West with his constant canine companion (the “love of his life”) Lucky.
Doug spent all his childhood summers at his beloved YMCA Camp Montvale and even lived there as an adult. It was at Montvale that his precious Lucky found him. Doug loved to hike, camp, coach youth football, play golf, and racquetball. He was a fierce UT football fan from birth. Doug’s deepest passion was his love of history, specifically Civil War history, and had a talent for making history come alive when talking about it. He was a Confederate reenactor for a time and had an impressive collection of Civil War artifacts. He did research for two published books on Mosby’s Rangers and was working on a book of his own about a local Knoxville Confederate Regiment. He was also researching his own family’s lineage.
Doug is survived by his father, Dr. Edwin W. (“Judge”) Smith; sister and brother-in-law, Dana and Dan Zurakowski; nephews, Luke and Judd Chandler; niece Jennifer(Mel) Zurakowski-Tamsiran and great-nephew Zephaniah; aunt, Jessie Smith; numerous cousins to include devoted cousins Julie (Ted) Hembree and Bronwyn Poston, especially close and dedicated cousin Patty (Mickey) Long, his Montvale family and a host of friends.
There will be a Celebration of Life Service 5:00 p.m. Monday August 6, 2018 at “the Table”, 3108 Basswood Rd, Knoxville, TN 37921 with Richard Gibson officiating. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local non-kill animal shelter, a charity of your choice or simply perform a random act of kindness.
Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway is serving the family of Dr. Smith.
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