Manuel Smith, 82, died Sunday, July 11, 2021.
Mr. Smith was born Sept. 25, 1938, to John and Bernice Smith. He was married to Rosemary Smith for 52 years.
He grew up in the Rock Springs community.
He was a well-respected man who earned the trust of those who knew him. Often when a family lost a member who owned cattle and were at a loss as to their value (or fearing others would take advantage), he always got the call. His ethic and people simply knowing he would do the right thing provided many grieving families peace in their time of need.
In his final years, he never lost his desire to make a home or hospital visit, call a dear friend, tell a joke about Doc Smith, or give a child a dollar.
Any friend who had ever traveled with him can attest to his gift of rendering a showroom new vehicle to salvage status in record time with astonishing efficiency. His reluctance to consider headlights, taillights, mirrors, seatbelts, and doors as essential parts of a vehicle earned him a healthy rapport and frequent “friendly” interactions with local, county, and state patrolmen.
He loved his work, a passion for the livestock business, and became quite near a genius at it. He was known far and wide, and “Cattle Wizard” was not an unfamiliar jest when describing him.
He is survived by his wife: Rosemary Smith; daughter and son-in-law: Lana and Michael Sauceman; son and daughter-in-law: Chad and Kimberly Smith; brother: Dan Smith; sister: Emilea Copeland; and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday, July 16, 2021, at Blountsville Baptist Church with Gary McRae officiating. Burial was in Rock Springs Cemetery with Blountsville Funeral Home directing.
Pallbearers were Blake Mooneyham, Joe Garrett, Shane Brown, Doug Hinds, Keith Meade and Steve Madden.
Honorary pallbearers were Bruce Dial and David McAlpine.
Memorials may be made to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.