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Smead, Leonard Buddy -

Leonard Buddy Smead

McMinnville -
Funeral services for Leonard C. “Buddy” Smead Jr. will be conducted Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with grandson Dustin Murray officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Sunday at the funeral home.
Leonard C. “Buddy” Smead Jr. (Papa) was born April 10, 1927 in Camden, Arkansas. Leonard was the son of the late Leonard C. Smead and Lillian Williamson Smead. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Jane Todd Smead; a sister, Mary Smead Purifoy; brother-in-law, Louis B. Todd (Patricia); and niece, Sarah Purifoy. Mr. Smead is survived by his children, John C. “Jack” Smead (Patti) of Delray Beach, FL, and Ruth Smead “Toddy” Murray (Johnny) of McMinnville; grandchildren; Dustin Murray (Erin Stubblefield) of Manchester, Todd Murray (Diana) of Tullahoma, and April Field of Delray Beach FL; great grandchildren ; Ethan Abplanalp, Beau Murray, Jacy Kate Murray, Makayla Murray; one niece, Trish Todd Kelly (Sean) Brooklyn, NY; nephews; Jim Todd (Bonnie) of Nashville, Louis B. Todd III (Julie) of Atlanta, and Steve Purifoy of Benton, Ark; several great nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Mr. Smead was a member for over 50 years of the John B. Garrett Masonic Lodge # 711 and Scottish Rite. Buddy was a veteran of the Army Signal Corp, 844th Signal Radio Ft. Gordon, GA. Korean War 1950-1952.
Buddy graduated high school in the class of 1945 in Camden, Arkansas. He was quite active in school, being Class President his Freshman and Sophomore years, and President of the student body his Senior year. He participated in track, football, and was the captain of his basketball team. After high school, he attended Henderson State College in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
In 1949 Leonard moved to Nashville, TN, and began a career with General Electric. After thirty years with the company he retired as regional sales manager in 1979. Upon retiring form G.E., he worked as sales manager for McQuiddy Office Supply, and as a manufacturer’s representative.
Buddy and Jane wanted to be near their grandsons, and moved to Manchester, TN. They had many happy years going to all the boys sporting events. Buddy was an avid golfer, enjoying many golf trips over the south with friends. He also collected music from the big band era of the 1940’s and 1950’s.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to:
Dusty Elam Foundation – P.O. Box 1049, Manchester, TN 37349
Blue Monarch - P.O. Box 1207 Monteagle, TN 37356
St. Jude Children’s Hospital - 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105


Bob Howell says:

In May of 1966 I was transferred to Nashville and told that I would be met at the Airport by a man named L.C. Buddy Smead, little did I know that I was about to meet a man who taught me lessons about life and would be a lifelong friend. Buddy was one of the finest men that I’ve known. A great attitude, smile, who was loved by all that were fortunate enough to meet him. He was loyal to Leonard Hudson, Art Burke,
John Gates, Harry Dixon as well as most employees at 90 Peabody St. The main office in Nashville of G.E.. He would become a lifelong friend of Raymond Zimmerman, plus Harry & Mary Zimmerman founders of Service Merchandise. Also his great friend Bob Wolf of Louisville. We traveled together, golfed, and shared stories about “the Razorbacks.” I was fortunate to have him join HTM after retiring from G.E. I will miss our phone calls and family and friends update we shared periodically. Buddy loved Jane, Toddy, and Jack, as well as life in general.
Rest well my friend you have earned your wings. My prayers for you will continue.

Art Burke says:

I remember the day Buddy came in to Stansell Electric where I was a counterman taking in appliances that need repairs. Buddy was dropping off some things for one of his dealers. I asked Buddy, how do I get a job at GE. Buddy replied "you know Preston Smith don't you"? Bud continued, "Ken Shockley is taking a sales job in Knoxville, there will be an opening next week" We're having Open House this week go talk to Preston. I did. Started on July 6th, that way Preston did not have to pay me for July 4th Holiday. When Buddy became manager of Housewares, he insisted that he wanted me as salesman for his old territory, Preston objected saying "he has no sales experience" Buddy countered, " he knows every dealer in Middle Tennessee, and has been selling to them when they come into GE Supply, for the last year plus". I got the job and from there I went on to Electronics Specialist for Preston Smith and grew with Service Merchandise to the peak of my success. Thank the good Lord for Buddy Smead He made it all happen for me, and I could never have succeeded without his help. I love you, Bud.

‘Pinky’ Jinnett says:

Buddy had met John Jinnett and wanted us to move from Hampton, Virginia to Knoxville. He offered the job of sales counselor to my late husband. That was such a happy day for John. It was the position he’d wanted for so long and enjoyed working for Buddy in housewares. We both loved Buddy and Jane and always enjoyed seeing them socially at many employee gatherings. I felt Buddy was responsible for us to be able to buy a home. He was the epitome of what every manager should be and we both respected his ability to manage but with a soft touch. Our times with Buddy and Jane are memorable ones and are treasured. We stayed in touch by phone all the years since we lost the loves of our lives. I’ll miss him all my life. Love you Bud.

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Coffee County Funeral Chapel
Coffee County Funeral Chapel
786 McMinnville Hwy
Manchester, TN 37355
(931) 723-3330