Roger Kevin Smith, 47, of Sevierville, TN, passed into eternal peace on Friday, November 14, 2014 after a short but difficult battle with liver disease. Roger was the loving father of three wonderful sons, a beautiful daughter, and countless “adopted” children – friends of his children, who were always welcomed in his home and knew and loved him as “Papa Rog”.
Roger was known to many in Knoxville, TN as “The BBQ Man” for his award-winning Smokehouse BBQ restaurants. He was a gifted salesman who could sell ice cubes to an Eskimo. Most recently, he worked as a Sales Representative for Westgate Resort, sharing his own special stories of family times and his love of the Great Smoky Mountains to seal his deals. Roger loved football and volunteered as a coach for his sons’ teams for many years. He also loved fishing, music, spending time at the lake, and living in the mountains.
Roger was predeceased by his father, Sherman Smith. He is survived by his sons, Zachary Smith of Sevierville, TN; Nicholas Smith of Knoxville, TN; and, Jacob Smith of Knoxville, TN; daughter Amanda (Marshall) Reeves of Ganado, TX; mother of his sons, Amy Smith of Knoxville, TN; his mother, Norma Rivera of Houston, TX; sister, Loretta Barnett; three brothers – Gary, David, and Rodney; two grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many special friends.
In accordance with Roger’s wishes, a Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground Group Pavilion on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm. In honor of the way Roger lived his life, all family and friends are welcome.