Geoffrey Smith

Geoffery Smith, 78, of Rutledge TN (formerly Frankfort IN), passed away with his family by his side, at Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at Fort Sanders of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Geoff was born February 8, 1944 in Frankfort, Indiana to the late Dr. Thurman L. and Dorothy A. (Dennis) Smith.  He was a 1962 graduate of Frankfort High School where he was an accomplished member of the band.  Geoff originally went to Indiana University for dentistry but found his calling in teaching.  While attending IU, he was a member of the Acacia fraternity. Geoff earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education.

After college Geoff returned to Clinton County to teach starting in 67’at Kirklin and continued on to Clinton Central after the school consolidation where he primarily taught math, history, and science for the 6th grade elementary school.  He was a coach for track, basketball, and football as well as doing the stats for high school football and basketball.  Geoff was very active in statewide student council leadership throughout his years of teaching. Geoff wrote a sports article for the Frankfort Times with Boris the cat for several years.  Geoff was an antique dealer, real estate broker ,and an auctioneer for many years and was well known throughout Clinton County.  Geoff was named “Person of the Year” by the Frankfort Times in 2000.

Geoff was a member of the First Baptist church in Dandridge TN where he sang in the choir. Geoff was an avid fisherman and a member of the Uhl pottery society.

Geoff was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 54 years, Jean in January of 2022 and his brother Dr. L. Dennis Smith in March of 2021. Survived by his two children, Sean Smith (wife: Tracy) of Saint Paul, IN and Samantha Cooper (husband: Jon) of Seymour, TN and 3 siblings, Brenda Gaskins of Westfield, IN, Leslie Mohlke (husband: Robb) of Virginia and Jennie Otterman (husband: Chris) of Noblesville, IN.  Geoff loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, Danielle Smith, Taylor Smith, and Kaylee Smith. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 4-7pm, Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at Genda Funeral Home in Frankfort.  Funeral services will be held 12pm, Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at the funeral home.  A livestream of the funeral service will be available online for those who would like to join virtually.  Burial will follow at Green Lawn Cemetery.  While flowers are always welcome, the family requests memorials be made to the “G. L. and Jean Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund” – http://www.cfclinton.org.  Messages of condolence may be left at www.gendafuneralhome.com.

8 Comments

  1. Geof was a great educator, worked throughout his career in extracurricular,, an outstanding member of our community, and a great person. Geof worked with his close friend Steve Rentz keeping stats for football all 20 years of my first stint as football coach at Central. In the winter Geof kept stats. For boys varsity basketball and I ran the scoreboard. I always looked forward to our time together as Mr. Smith had a world of knowledge in his head.

    Geof had a great sense of humor and truly enjoyed life. He is one of the great men that touched my life and countless other’s lives. The greatest legacy for a man’s life is to be remembered in such a way that a smile develops when you think about all you learned from them. Sean and Samantha, I was graced by having you both in my classroom, you have had a most difficult time dealing with the loss of both your parents so close together, but you both know how they loved each other and are together again. I wish you both well, and I will remember always the Christmas party and the incredible Christmas collection. I wish you both well and I will close with my sorrow with your dad passing but a smile with all he contributed to bring the light of education to all he met!

    George Gilbert

  2. Jeff was a great asset to our community. Always interested in helping students to succeed. Condolences to his immediate and extended family.

  3. I can not tell how sorry I am to hear of Mr. Smith’s passing. I have a few stories, but the thing I want to say the most is “Thank you”! Mr. Smith is the reason I became a teacher! His love for teaching and his love for life was a role-model for me through my life. I’ll never forget him and the impact he continues to make on my life. Mr. Smith will always be in my heart. He will be missed!

  4. SO sad to hear this. Jeoff and I were neighbors and great childhood friends. We went to Dorner’s park and he taught me how to catch crawdads in the creek. There was a lot of kids our age, in our neighborhood and we all got together and played games. Never a fight or cross words from any of us. My heart is broken.

  5. Mr. Smith gave my daughter valuable direction on being a good leader. I appreciate the effort he put into that direction. Reta Williams

  6. Mr Smith taught his students an awful lot about life by just being himself and encouraging us throughout our lives. You were a treasure to our community. Thank you for all the life lessons and kind words through the years teacher, coach, mentor, disciplinarian, example, old friend.

  7. “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your Master!”

    God’s Blessings to this great man’s family…

  8. A long time ago Mr. Smith gave one of my daughters (Jill) a small tree to be planted. I have been told that it might be the only to survive. It was a very hot summer. All 3 of my daughters (I have twin daughters that were students of his also) carried buckets of water for it.

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