Jimmy Bryant Smart

Born in Terrel, TX on May 24, 1931

Departed on February 5, 2017 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Jimmy Smart-age 85 passed away February 5, 2017. As a young man he served our country as a Sergeant in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from Delta after 26 years of service. He went on to spend his life fostering his love of singing and songwriting in Music City. He and his wife helped many aspiring musicians achieve success on their television shows, Nashville Video Showcase and Smart Country. One of his most cherished memories was his appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
Jimmy’s favorite pastime was pursuing yard sales around Hendersonville. You could always find Jimmy at home enjoying his family, Snickers candy bars, and cheese curls. Jimmy also devoted his time once a week taping for the city of Hendersonville. To add to his passion of music, Jimmy joined forces with Mark Cheney and Rick Straight as the “Poison Oaks”, who performed at various venues around Nashville. Jimmy and wife, Lorraine wrote many songs with Hank Sasaki. Those who knew Jimmy, knew his passion of music, family, friends, and fun. He was a husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mentor.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Carrie Smart; brother, Henry Smart; son, Scott Spencer, and son-in-law, Marc Cormier. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Lorraine Smart; daughters, Lisa Cormier and Lori Harrell (Sam); sons, Michael Smart (Shelia), Anthony Smart and Terry Smart; 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday Feb. 8, 2017 at 11am at Hendersonville Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Hendersonville Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held on Tuesday Feb. 7, 2017 from 4pm-8pm and on Wed. from 10-11am at Hendersonville Funeral Home. Hendersonville Funeral Home 353 E Main St Hendersonville, TN 37075 615-824-3855 hendersonvillefh.com

10 Comments to Mr. Jimmy Bryant Smart

  1. Nancy E Adkins
    February 6, 2017 4:05 pm

    Lorraine, we are heart broken, to hear that Jimmy has gone to be with the Lord.
    Jimmy was a kind soul and a joy to be around. We will always remember the open hospitality
    That we received in your home, and Jimmy making biscuits and sausage for breakfast for us.
    Cannot express how heartbroken we are. We hope that you are doing well and that you have lots of family to get you through the days to come. Sending you hugs and our love. Jimmy & Nancy Adkins

  2. Keith Bradford
    February 6, 2017 4:58 pm

    Lorraine: Jimmy and you gave me my TV start with THE MUSIC BUSINESS YA GOTTA LUV IT television segments on your show. I will never forget the opportunity you both gave me. Jimmy was a heck of a singer also and you are the greatest promoter he ever had.
    Keith Bradford
    Host of “Ya Gotta Luv It”

  3. Steve Vincent
    February 6, 2017 8:38 pm

    One of my first gigs in GA back in the 1980’s was with Jimmy; we had a good time playing music, and Jimmy was always great with the audience. He was definitely a great entertainer. Unfortunately, we never got to play together in Hendersonville, even though we both live there. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  4. Bruce Goodwin
    February 6, 2017 8:54 pm

    Lorraine I feel so fortunate and was very blessed to have the opportunity to work with so much talent that u and he has I have always considered it an honor an cherish the memories from the tv shows u guys were first and bringing us in on such an incredible opportunity We Will be forever grateful. Getting to work with Jimmy on an album and see his creative side for helping give new writers an opportunity and help bring to life and get their songs Heard For that final creation and completion of such a great Album I Thank You Jimmy. (Marian Lee wanted to tell you that her song ” Where Is Our Love Today”, well our Love Is With Jimmy Smart today). Valerie helped me write this so its from everyone. Lorraine, Valerie here; I wanted to tell you that it was a blessing to know you & Jimmy and to have you & Jimmy helping us on some recording projects. Jimmys awesome voice, had the feelings & meaning behind every song he recorded & they always came out beautiful. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & the family during this time. I pray that God gives you the strength that you will need through out this time …. Love & Prayers; from all of us here:
    Bruce & Valerie Goodwin & Marian Lee

  5. Larry Moore
    February 7, 2017 3:00 am

    I had the pleasure of working in the band with Jimmy back in Atlanta, Ga.
    We played all around the area.
    It was in the year of 1995 the band was playing at at the Conyers, Ga. VFW. This was also the year Jimmy Smart was inducted into “The Atlanta Ga.Country Music Hall of Fame”
    I played Lead Guitar & Pedal Steel Guitar, in the band until Jimmy moved to Nashville,Tenn.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
    Larry Moore

  6. Julie Taylor
    February 7, 2017 10:39 am

    What an amazing video tribute! Jimmy and Lorraine always wanted to make sure the independent artists had a “voice.” Always having people on their, helping out in co-writes, supporting them outside the home at various open mic locations and made friends with just about every one of them. Opened their home to backyard family barbeques, christmas gatherings, etc. Prayers and hugsss to Lorraine and the rest of the family. Jimmy, Go Rest High on that Mountain!!

  7. Phil and LeAnn Smart
    February 7, 2017 10:20 pm

    Lorraine and family – we are so sorry for your loss. Uncle James will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. May you find comfort and encouragement in knowing that many are lifting you in thought and prayer during this time.

  8. Barry and Wendy Smart
    February 8, 2017 9:36 pm

    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you find peace and comfort from all that knew and loved Uncle James.

  9. Peggy Swygert
    February 10, 2017 10:55 am

    No more sorry no more pain. Now we can all Rest In Peace
    Your Ga. family
    Pat Williams & sons, Peggy, Render Swygert & family, Bill & Yoshiko Morgan & girls.

  10. Peggy Swygert
    February 10, 2017 1:27 pm

    No more sorrow no more pain. Now we can all Rest In Peace
    Your Georgia family
    Pat Williams & sons, Peggy, Render Swygert & family, Bill & Yoshiko Morgan & girls.

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