Floyd Benson Smith was Killed in Action
The Kingsport News, 1 October 1948
Funeral services of Floyd Benson Smith of Hawkins County, who was killed in action overseas November 4, 1943, will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at McPheeter’s Bend Baptist Church. The Rev. A. W. Parker and the Rev. W. H. Pangle will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Hammond Post No. 3, American Legion, in charge of military rites at the grave. Private First Class Smith was a member of the artillery. He entered the service in April, 1941, trained at Fort Bragg, N. C., and went overseas in August, 1942. He was born in McPheeter’s Bend section of Hawkins County, where he attended school and later engaged in farming. He was the son of James N., and the late Mollie Sellers Smith, in addition to his father, two brothers, Marvin and and Allie Smith, and two sisters, Mrs. Julia Hayes and Mrs. Blanche Gray, all of Church Hill, survive. The body will be removed from Hamlett-Dobson Chapel to the father’s home Saturday afternoon and remains there until time for the the funeral. It arrived in Kingsport last Tuesday, accompanied by military escort. Pallbearers will be Mack, Carl, Daniel, Glenn and J. T. Smith, Ross Cavin, Carl Crawford, and Howard Bailes.