Roy Allen Smith, age 69 of Gallatin, TN passed away in Phoenix, AZ on June 19, 2020.
Roy was born in 1950 to William and Dora Smith in Monroe County, Gamaliel, KY. The family moved to Madison, TN and eventually settled in Hendersonville, TN in 1961 where he attended Hendersonville High School. Early in his life he worked several jobs until he began working at Associated Packaging, Inc in which he worked for over 40 years. Roy was instrumental in the growth of the company and developing the talent that will lead the company into the future. He was an employer, friend and mentor to the many associates.
One of Roy’s biggest accomplishments was being a father. He was always there for his three sons guiding them through their ups and downs and taught them to enjoy every moment life has to offer. His other great accomplishment was finding the love of his life with Patricia (Trish) L Williams who shared his passion for horses. As Lifetime members of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), eventually transitioning to gaited horses, they rode trails in many states across the US. They enjoyed trail riding and camping with friends, family and fellow members of the AQHA. As they transitioned from horses to motorcycles they continued to travel enjoying the scenery along the way. They decided to purchase a home in Apache Junction, AZ in which they spent their winter months riding ATV’s and motorcycles in warmer weather. Roy owned several classic trucks and muscle cars over his lifetime and enjoyed going to car shows.
Anyone who spent time with Roy knew him as a storyteller. No matter the occasion, Roy had a story from his travels and life experiences. He lived life to its fullest and loved family, friends and laughter.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, William and Dora. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Trish; three children: Eric Smith of Mooresville, NC, Jeremy (Shannon) and Jason (Louanna) Smith both of Gallatin, TN; brother Joe Smith; sister Wanda (Smith) Fuqua; grandchildren Korbin, Skyler and Shealee Smith; step-grandchildren/great-grandchild Aaron, Brianna, Kaitlyn and Graylen; several nephews, nieces and cousins.
No funeral or memorial service has been held. The family will notify loved ones in the future if a memorial service is scheduled.