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Erma Jean Smith

October 5, 1936 — December 25, 2021

Erma Jean Smith, age 85, of Bethpage, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, December 25, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee.

She was born on October 5, 1936 in Ligonier, Indiana, to the late LaRoy Smith and the late Luella Parsell. She worked for the Oakridge Boys up until her retirement, 38 years. She thought of everyone there as family. Her world revolved around her grandkids and family and she will be missed dearly.

Erma is survived by her children, Brenda Barnes, Jim (Amber) Smith, Mike (Lori) Smith, Lori (Chris) Pryor; grandchildren, Scott Barnes, Eric Smith, Alex Smith (Erik), Lauren Clifton (B.J.), James Ross, Taylor Ross, Rachel Reese (Doc), Brian Dew (Courtney), Brandon Dew (Kara), Brianna Dew; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, James Loren Smith; daughter, Ellen Ross; granddaughter, Lori Anne Parker; sisters, Betty, Mary; brother, Kenneth; and an infant brother, Rick.

No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements are entrusted to Sumner Funeral & Cremation, 615-452-9059, 128A West Eastland Avenue, Gallatin, Tennessee, 37066. Condolences may be shared via the online guestbook at
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