Charles D. Smith


Green Hill Cemetery

Graveside Service Details
12:00 PM

Friday, May 19, 2017
Etowah, TN 37331
Interment Green Hill Cemetery
Friday, May 19, 2017











Charles D. Smith, 89 passed away Monday, May 15th 2017 in Nashville, TN with family by his side.

He leaves behind two daughters, Karen Levitt and husband Ian, Deanna Closson and husband Mike; grandsons, Josh and Ben Closson; brother, Bill Smith; and many loving nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Charlie was born and raised in Etowah, TN and was the seventh of eight children from the tightly knit Smith Family. He was the son of the late Herbert “Hub” and Minnie Smith.

After a short stint in the Navy, he found his way to a lifelong career he loved with the Railroad. Charlie married the late Jo Anne Watts Smith in 1955 and together in 1965 they opened the Hitching Post Restaurant which was in operation for over 30 years.

After retirement from the railroad, Charlie loved life fully and enjoyed golfing with friends on a daily basis as well as keeping a close watch on college football. He moved to Nashville, TN in 2014 to be closer to his family.

A graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2017 at Green Hill Cemetery in Etowah.





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  1. Karen Blackwell Baker May 18, 2017

    So very sorry for your immeasurable loss!!! Ate at the Hitching Post for many years…Loved them both

  2. Glenda Rowland May 18, 2017

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I always enjoyed going to the Hitching Post Restaurant and in 1972, my former husband asked me to marry him there. I still miss eating at Hitching Post Restaurant. Many good memories there.

    May your strength prevail to help you through this difficult time. Remember too, that Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

  3. Reuben and Marjorie Brackett May 18, 2017

    Sincere sympathy to all of Charlie’s remaining family. He was a really good friend to us. I’m glad that he had as many good years as he did. When it’s done life seems so very, very short.

  4. Bobby Harper May 18, 2017

    My Father and Charlie were best of friends and our families were close. Charles Donohue, dad would call him (his middle name) I had the privilege of getting to be around him often when he and Dad were together. Out at the golf course, watching a Tennessee football game, at The Hitching Post, a back porch cookout or just hanging out at the kitchen table, he always treated me with great respect. He was a gentleman…. a man’s man. He was first class all the way. I am certain he will be greatly missed yet fondly remembered by all who knew him. May God bless the entire Smith family… Karen and Deanna , our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Sharon Cox Brock May 18, 2017

    Deanna I am so sorry to hear of your daddy’s passing. My heart hurts for you and your family. Its hard losing a parent. Thinking and praying for you and your family in the days ahead.

  6. Tom Williams May 17, 2017

    Bib and I have many fond memories of times with Charlie and JoAnn. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family

  7. Elizabeth Umberger May 17, 2017

    My prayers are with Karen and Deanna. Pray for peace and wonderful memories of your Dad. I’m sure he was proud of you. I have fond memories of him from my childhood spent at your house.


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