Dorothy Chapman Smith

Published 10:49 am Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dorothy Chapman Smith, of Germantown, formerly of Dyersburg, was born July 19, 1929 in Coffeeville, Miss. She went peacefully to be with the Lord at her home on Dec. 8, 2017. She is survived by children, Sandy Smith, William Lloyd Smith, John David Smith and Matthew Chapman Smith, granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Frances Smith, her sister Stella Kay Locke, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 in the Chapel of Curry Funeral Home conducted by Rev. Ed White with inurnment to follow in Fairview Cemetery. The Smith family will receive friends from 12 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Earl (Dusty) Smith, four sisters, Hazel Stanley, Carrie Francis Chapman, Marry Ellen Howell, Sue LaCava and four brothers, James Chapman, Rupert Leander Chapman II, Paul Chapman and David Chapman.

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Memorials may be sent to McIver’s Grant Public Library, 410 West Court Street, Dyersburg, TN  38024 (for children’s books) or to Transitions, P.O. Bo 265, Dyersburg, TN  38024.

Mrs. Dot grew up in Oxford, Miss. during the great depression.  The family gardened and Mrs. Dot’s Mom made her children’s clothes. Her parents moved to Oxford specifically so that the ten children could attend Ole Miss economically. Dorothy met her husband on a bench on the square in Oxford. They courted, married and began their family at Ole Miss and raised their family in Tiptonville, Tenn and Dyersburg, Tenn. Mrs. Dot was a valued member of the community.  She taught generations of Dyersburg children, participated in and at times presided over, the Dyersburg Women’s Club and the Dyersburg Annual Children’s Poetry Contest. She was a long term member of the Dyersburg First United Methodist Church.  Some of her involvements included a steadfast and sacrificial love of family, a love of literature, learning and teaching. She was a Master Teacher, had her Masters Degree in Children’s literature and continued to volunteer long after her retirement, tutoring students in reading.  She had a passion for homemaking, gardening, antiquing art and literature.  She lived out faith in her Lord, her sense of humor and of adventure and joy, her southern lady propriety, friendship, love and support will be greatly missed.

Arrangements entrusted to Curry Funeral Home. You may share your condolences and your memories with the Smith family at