OBITUARY: Mark Smith, storied athlete, race driver, contractor

OBITUARY: Mark Smith, storied athlete, race driver, contractor

Mark Welsh Smith, age 59, of Franklin, Tennessee, passed to heaven on August 7, 2018.

A native Nashvillian, Mark was a stellar athlete in baseball and basketball. He was the Most Valuable Player in Nashville in Basketball in 1978 and was at that time the all time leading scorer in Nashville high school history.  He was a key component in the first state baseball championship at Lipscomb High School in 1978 with a blazing fastball that attracted professional scouts.

Mark was dominating on the court and the field which led to his national recognition and a two sport scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University.  Mark later was drafted by the Atlanta Braves and spent five years in the minor leagues before retiring in 1983.  He later drove stock cars professionally at numerous tracks including Daytona which was always sponsored by the Smith family business, Haury and Smith Contractors.

Haury and Smith, run by brothers Reese and Stephen, is notable for developing residential communities like River Rest, Villages of Morningside, and several others in Williamson County.

In the last few years Mark owned Mark Smith Roofing, LLC and was in business with his son. Mark was a fierce competitor and friend to many.  He always kept his sense of humor regardless of the circumstances and even into his last weeks when his health was failing.  He loved his children very much and will be missed by his close friends who have helped him as a true brother over the years.

Mark is survived by his two sons, Mark Jr. (Hannah Flagg) Smith, Chipper Smith and his daughter, Blake Marcella Smith; grandchildren, Gatlin Smith and Kenley Grace Smith; brothers, Reese III (Emily) Smith and Steve (Denise) Smith; nieces and nephews, Reese L. IV (Shea) Smith, Lauren (Tony) George, Lyndsay Smith, Stephen B. Jr. (Allison) Smith and Matthew Smith.

A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, August 10, 2018 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, Pastor Steve Berger and James D. Kay, Jr. officiating.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. until prior to the service at 1 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.  A private family graveside will be in Historic Ravenswood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to MTSU Baseball Program or Josiah’s House c/o  WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 615 794-2289.

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