Mr. Clifford Steven Smith, 69, of Athens, Alabama, passed away Friday, January 10, 2020, at his home. Steve was born March 22, 1950, in Athens, Alabama, to Clifford Odie Smith and Mary Elizabeth Christopher Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Teresa E. Smith; one sister, Patsy Coats of Athens; nieces, Kim Wilbanks and spouse Tim of College Grove, Tennessee, Rhonda Robison and spouse Bryant, Carmen Harvey of Athens and Tansey Barksdale of Huntsville; stepdaughters, Nancy E. Whatley and spouse Perry; daughters, Sara Beth and Raelee Jo of Beauregard, Alabama, Mary Beth Kollert and spouse Alex of Linz, Austria, and Emily R. Broadwater of Tysons Corner, Virginia; stepson, Joe B. Broadwater II of Newport News, Virginia; and granddaughter, Madelyn R. Gray and spouse Chance of Florence.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford Odie Smith; mother, Mary Elizabeth Smith; sister, Phyllis Johnston; son, Walter Steven Smith; and two amazing great-nieces and two great-nephews.
Steve was a longtime resident of Athens, born at Athens Hospital. His early education was in Elkmont followed by Athens City Schools, where he graduated from Athens High School in 1968. He later attended Calhoun Community College while working full-time. He then transferred to Florence University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree. Steve had a long career in banking and finance of more than 40 years. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Athens, where he received a Paul Harris Fellowship, and was a board member and founding Foundation member of the Athens-Limestone Hospital for 24 years, where he served seven years as Board Chair of the hospital. He was Chamber of Commerce President, Finance Committee for Lindsay Lane Baptist Church and numerous other boards that made a huge impact on the Athens community over his life.
Funeral services for Steve will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at Lindsay Lane Baptist Church with Pastor Dusty McLemore officiating. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m., prior to the service. Burial will be at Roselawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Greg Balch, Danny Green, Tim Wilbanks, Jeff Hodges, Larry Johnson and John Plunk. Honorary pallbearers are Mitch Shelly, Jimmy Corder, Fred Pepper and Bryant Robison.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial tribute donations be made to Athens-Limestone Foundation, 700 W. Market Street, Athens, AL 35611. Donations to the Foundation will fund an ICU room renovation in memory of Steve’s long-term commitment as a Board member and Foundation supporter of Athens-Limestone Hospital. Memorial tribute donations may also be made to Hospice of Limestone County.

View Original NoticeSMITH, Clifford Mar 22, 1950 - Jan 10, 2020