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June Smith

June Wright Smith, age 93 of Red Boiling Springs, TN passed away Wednesday morning, July 26, 2023 at Macon Community Hospital in Lafayette, TN. Funeral Services for June Wright Smith were conducted Saturday, July 29, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs, TN with Reverend Doug Lee & Reverend Barry Davis officiating. Interment followed in the Smith Chapel Cemetery. Grandsons, Nephews & Grandsons-in-law served as pallbearers.

June Wright Smith was born October 28, 1929 in Smith County, Tennessee, a daughter born to the late Cleveland and Sadie Wright and departed this life July 26, 2023 at the age of 93 years, 8 months and 28 days. June was married to Dewey Smith, Jr., on April 16, 1949, who preceded her in death on May 15, 2001. They were married 52 wonderful years. She was a member of Smith Chapel Methodist Church in Red Boiling Springs. In addition to her parents & husband, she was also preceded in death by her brothers, Ben & Hugh Wright & Sisters, Ruth Gatlin & Agnes Pettross. Miss June, as many remember her, began teaching at the one-room Kirby Grove Schoolhouse in Macon County where she taught 1st through 8th grades. After moving to Nashville and working at Nashville Electric Service (NES) for several years, she returned home to Red Boiling Springs to continue her teaching career in Macon County. She taught at Red Boiling Springs School for over 24 years and served 9 years as the school system’s Supervisor of Special Education. She attended Tennessee Tech where she received 4 degrees while never spending a night on campus: a Bachelors Degree in Education, a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, a Masters Degree in Special Education, and an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S) in Secondary Education. Following her retirement, she returned to the classroom as the fi rst instructor of the Families First Program and taught in the Macon County Adult Education Program. She later enjoyed volunteering at Macon General Hospital and the Palace Nursing Home. She was recognized by North Central Telephone Company as the recipient of the Will Hall Sullivan Award. She was a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Tennessee Tech, the Macon County Retired Teachers Association, the Tennessee Retired Teachers Association, the National Education Association, and the Red Boiling Springs Teacher’s Hall of Fame. She assisted with the Special Olympics, served on the Board of Directors at the Tennessee Vocational Training Center, and received the MIND Award from the National Association of Vocational Education and Special Needs Personnel for outstanding support of special needs students enrolled in vocational programs.

She is survived by her twin sister, Jean Hawkins, of Rock Island, Illinois; two children, Kent (Wanda) Smith of Red Boiling Springs and Jan (John) Tribble of Athens, Alabama; 7 grandchildren, Robby (Kerri) Huffi nes, Ken (Natalie) Smith, Brooke (Chris) Norton, Matthew (Mallory) Smith, Brooke (Brad) Diehl, Blair (Carson) Webster, and J. (Nicole) Tribble; 10 great grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Anderson & Son Funeral Home Directors, Red Boiling Springs, TN. 615-699-2191