Kim Smith

Hamilton County

Gloria Kim Smith, 57, of Chattanooga, passed peacefully at home on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013.Kim was preceded in death by her father, Beecher W. Smith who was in the automotive business and her mother, Gloria Bonham Smith, a career nurse at Memorial Hospital.She attended Tyner High School, where she was Tyner's Christmas Queen. She attended UTC and was a member of the Singing Mocs and the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. After her car accident in 1976, Kim continued her singing career and went on to win the Wrangler Country Music Star Search. Kim sang her heart out from Chattanooga to Cleveland for the Elks Lodge, Rockin Country Club, Sheraton East Ridge, Governors Inn, Widow McCoys and the Brass Register to name just a few. She sang with many well-known local musicians such as Danny Shirley, Robert Crabtree, Ricky Sharp, Ralph Herman and her best friend, guitarist Dale Walker. The caged bird has flown, pleasant journey Kim and God speed, We Love You.She is survived by her fianc, Neil Carter; best friends, Jeni Michelson, Arthur (an African Gray Parrot) and Dooley (her beloved Bassett hound mutt), sister, Kelly Smith; and nephew, Beecher Oliver Smith. There will be no formal service at this time.Condolences may be sent to Neil Carter at Or invite you to send a message of comfort by visiting the Smith Family guestbook at

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