Emerson Cecil Smith

April 5, 1925 ~ October 30, 2019

Born in: Ironton, OH
Resided in: Johnson City , TN

Emerson Cecil “Mainspring” Smith, Jr., 94, of Johnson City, went to heaven on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. He was born April 5, 1925 in Ironton, Ohio, son of the late Nina Smith Miller and Emerson C. Smith. Most of his life was spent in Piney Flats, TN. He recently moved to Johnson City.

Emerson proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy and U.S. Navy Armed Guard during WWII aboard the USS Randolph. He worked in the coal mines of W. VA and silver mines in Idaho. For forty-nine years he drove the big rigs and had logged-in approximately 5 million miles. Over the years he enjoyed gardening, sharing words of wisdom and bringing a laugh to those he was around. He continued to meet with fellow truck drivers, called “the Dirty Dozen” for breakfast monthly. He looked forward to meeting weekly with a group of men called the “Praying Mountain Men”.

Emerson was member of Lick Creek Christian Church, but recently had been attending Pinecrest Christian Church.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents, his first wife of 62 years Louise; a daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Joe Bahr; and siblings, Grover, Jim, and Ruth.

Those left to cherish Emerson’s memory include his wife, Betty; sons, Donnie Smith, Ray (Pam) Smith and daughter, Barbara (Jim) Williams; two stepsons, Duane and Michael Peterson; seven grandchildren, Paul, Rhonda, Scott, Rachel, Courtney, Kevin, and Kelli; twelve great grandchildren; brother, Larry; special cousin, Walter (Inge) Hersman; several nieces and nephews, and many friends from many walks of life.

The family will honor Emerson’s life on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm in the Dogwood Chapel of Morris-Baker Funeral Home, under the direction of Pastor Leon Dutka. The family will receive friends from 3:00 pm until time of service at 5:00 pm. A committal service is scheduled for Monday, November 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Monte Vista Memorial Park, under the direction of Larry Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be: Blake Smith, Tim Smithson, Kevin Bahr, Scott lacey, Dave Kent, Paul Smith, Jared Shipley, and Derek Tackett. Military honors will be accorded by the Boone Dam VFW. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 2:45 pm.


Visitation: November 3, 2019 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Morris-Baker Funeral Home & Cremation Services
2001 E Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 282-1521

Funeral Service: November 3, 2019 5:00 pm

Morris-Baker Funeral Home & Cremation Services
2001 E Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 282-1521

Committal Service: November 4, 2019 3:00 pm

Monte Vista Memorial Park
1900 East Oakland Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37601

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  1. Eric and Crystal Gehl says:

    Thinking of you and your family during this time of loss.

  2. Derick,Christi Eller says:

    We love you all and are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Dale Clark says:

    My prayers are with you all.

  4. Dale Clark says:

    My prayers are with you.

  5. Walt & Inge Hersman says:

    Emerson was like a younger brother to Walt’s mother Flo Smith Hersman and her favorite cousin. We, too, were blessed to have known him and to have spent time with him just a few weeks ago We will do all we can to honor the memory of this great man and follow his example to always put God, Country and family ahead of self and everything else.

  6. Connie Templeton says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I thought so highly of Emerson. He was always so friendly and offering to help. May God comfort you knowing he is in a much better place.

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