Funeral service for Reverend James Kirkland Smith, known as Kirk, age 86, of Fayetteville, TN will be conducted at 3 PM on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Higgins Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Tubb and Lawrence Stevenson officiating. Burial will follow in the Kelso Cemetery.
Kirk was born on March 23, 1935, at home, to the late Horton Hamilton and Mamie Irene Shelton Smith. He worked as an inspector and surveyor for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Kirk was owner and operator of Big Cut Country Store on old US Hwy 64. Kirk served as Pastor at Kelso Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Champ Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Smith was a member of the Columbia Presbytery, where he served on numerous committees, and he served on the board of directors for Crystal Springs Camp. Kirk had a deep interest in local history and loved sharing that knowledge with others. He also enjoyed country and blue grass music, traveling to the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium over 50 times. Kirk passed away on October 6, 2021, at Lynchburg Nursing Center.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Iva Nell Frame Smith; son, Reverend Tim Smith and wife Shana of Fayetteville; granddaughter, Skylar Smith; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, Kirk was preceded in death by his brothers, Alton Smith, Paul Smith, and Alvin McWhirter; and a sister, Orlean Clark.
Visitation with the family will be from 12 PM until 3 PM on Saturday at Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fayetteville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Youth Fund, 1015 Lewisburg Hwy., Fayetteville, TN 37334.
Joe Trentham, Cole Smith, Cameron McCoy, Larry Ventress, Daven Wordlaw, Zayshon Pullen, and Charlie Burk will serve as pallbearers.
Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Reverend James Kirkland Smith.