Clyde Leroy Smith
Clyde Leroy Smith, 88, of Morristown passed away at 1am, Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born in Madison on March 12, 1933, the son of Clyde and Lillian Craycraft Smith. He was married to Sharon Hankins on February 6, 1960 and she preceded him in death on July 6, 2003.
Survivors include his sister-in-law Helen Smith of Versailles, along with several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brother Leon Smith, and his sisters Joan Smith Benham and Kathie Smith Sanders.
Mr. Smith was a 1951 graduate of Greensburg High School. He was a Navy Veteran of the Korean War serving from June 17, 1952 until his discharge on April 25, 1956. For service to his country Leroy received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, China Service Medal, and the Korea Presidential Unit Citation. In civilian life his working career was spent primarily with Eli Lilly where he worked in agricultural research for 33 years. Leroy was an accomplished woodworker. He was a self-taught piano player, and enjoyed playing euchre, reading, farming, and he and Sharon enjoyed attending dances. Leroy was a member of the Versailles Masonic Lodge.
The Versailles Masonic Lodge will conduct services at 11am, Wednesday, September 15th at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Funeral services will follow with Rev. Mike Cantrell of the Versailles Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will also be on Wednesday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Masonic Lodge in care of the funeral home.