Debra "Debbie" Smith (Poteet)

Monday, May 7th, 1956 - Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
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Debra "Debbie" S. Smith, 63 of Cookeville, Tennessee passed from this life on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at home in Cookeville, Tennessee with her family surrounding her.

Debbie was born Monday, May 7, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late James "Mitch" Poteet and the late Kim Stafford Poteet.

Debbie was an avid writer, authored her own book "Trusting Eyes". She enjoyed going to the beach and visiting Gatlinburg. She loved animals, especially her many dogs. Most of all she loved and was committed to her family. She was the claims manager of McGriff Insurance Company, formally known as BB&T Legge Agency.

She is survived by her husband John W.G. Smith.

6 children:

Warren Smith of Murfreesboro, TN,
Alan and Bonni (Fitzgerald) Smith of Murfreesboro, TN,
Shannon and Charlie Simon of Mt. Juliet, TN
Rebecca Williams Gainesboro, TN,
Angelia Swift of Cookeville, TN
Maegon and Darek Cherry of Cookeville, TN

13 Grandchildren
Roger Smith, John Alan Smith, Sarah Smith, Ella Grace Smith, Bain Smith, Lillian Smith, Isabelle Simon, Emmy Simon, Atticus Simon, Cody Williams, Hayden Swift, Kaylee Cherry and Bentlee Cherry

1 Great-grandchild
Reese Smith of Dawsonville, Georgia

In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made to the Putnam County Animal Shelter.

Funeral Service for Debra "Debbie" Smith will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 2 pm in the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home with Bros. Mark Gaw and Ronnie Dunn officiating. Entombment to follow the service.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Crest Lawn Funeral Home.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Crest Lawn Funeral Home
    800 West Jackson Street
    COOKEVILLE, TN 38501
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Sunday, January 19th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, January 19th, 2020 2:00pm
    Crest Lawn Funeral Home
    800 West Jackson Street
    COOKEVILLE, TN 38501
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Mark Gaw


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Peggy Boyd

Posted at 06:17am
Debbie, I will never forget you.


Posted at 08:39am
My beautiful cousin...I am left with a lot of wonderful memories of long talks and beach trips. We just seemed to click and it was so uncanny how much we thought alike. No more pain or worry. Praying for John, Angie, Maegon and the rest of the family. Till we meet again Deb.

Debbie Bryant

Posted at 07:29pm
Debbie was a long distance coworker and an amassing person. May she always shine a light down in her family. She will be missed by many. Sending prayers to her entire family. Friend from North Carolina. 🙏🙏

Lucy Webb

Posted at 04:46pm
May her memory be a blessing. Prayers are with her family in this time of profound loss.

Braedon, Kristen, and Lexus

Posted at 01:15pm
Maegon & Darek Cherry Angie Swift,
I am so sorry for your loss, our hearts are with you all in this difficult time of mourning. If we can do anything please let us know. Love you guys!

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