Eldon S. Smith, 76

Born Oct. 28, 1936, in Mt. Juliet, he is the son of the late Chester and Imogene Lewis Smith. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Lebanon and formerly of Barton Creek Baptist Church.

Mr. Smith attended Tennessee Tech University. Eldon retired from the Tennessee Air National Guard as a Chief Master Sergeant and was the VA director for Ouachita County, AR.He began his working career with Desota Paint Company of Gainesville, TX and retired from Sherwin Williams Paint as a sales manager.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Edwin B. Smith.He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nelda Alsup Smith; two sons, Stan (Kathy Fortenberry) Smith of Newellton, LA and Landon Smith of Dallas, TX; brothers, George N. Smith and Myron L. (Joyce) Smith -- all of Lebanon; along with several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231; American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; or Tennessee Baptist Childrens Home, PO Box 2206, Brentwood, TN 37024-2206.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon was in charge of local arrangements.