Nathaniel Keith Smith (Sign Guestbook)

On June 9th, 2019, after a courageous and valiant battle, warrior Nathaniel Smith said goodbye to his warrior princess Cera Smith, and set off on his next, greatest adventure.

Nathaniel is survived first and foremost by his beautiful and fierce wife and best friend Cera Smith; his mother and stepfather Stephanie and Mark Best, his father and stepmother Dennis and Kaye Smith, mother-in-law Kandie Arnold (Carlo),and his sister Lonni Smith (Brandon), sister Angela Smith, brother-in-law Austin Arnold (Morgan), and sister-in-law Emmalee Arnold,

Grandparents Ramona St. James, Peggy Smith, Beverly Thacker, Diane Nolan, and Richard Farmer, and Aunts and Uncles Robyn, Brent & Janie, Heather & Ken, Tony,  Adam, Amber, Casey, Tyler & Samantha, and Edward & Sandy, and cousins Andrea & Josh, Hayden, Joel & Ryan, Addison & Harper, Joseph & Olivia, Alexis & Leyton, Colton & Zander, Aura & Blaine, and Matthew & Marin, Preceded in death by grandparents Joseph Nolan, Adam St. James, Robert & Mary Ellen Best, and Uncle Kiki, Aunt Anita, and Uncle Teewee

Having no children of his own, one of Nathaniel’s favorite titles was “Uncle”, and he leaves behind niece (and Goddaughter) Ella Dailey, nieces Finlee Uden and Marcella Arnold, and nephew Jaxon Uden

Nathaniel’s family wants to thank all the doctors and nurses and support staff, in Knoxville and Nashville, who aided him in his battles these last years. They are too numerous to name, although Nathaniel could have named every single one of you. He appreciated everyone, from oncologists to the people who cleaned his hospital rooms. A special mention to Dr. David Aljadir, who was with Nathaniel from the beginning of this journey. Somewhere along the line, Dave stopped being his doctor and became his friend.

Family and friends are invited to the Gentry Griffey Funeral Home on Friday, June14th, from 6PM to 8PM, with a celebration of life service at 8PM. This will not be a solemn occasion. In life, Nathaniel did not want tears shed for him, and we will do our best to still honor that wish. Dress code is casual and comfortable, with nerd shirts celebrating gaming, movies and television encouraged. Cosplay accepted. Anything that Nathaniel would appreciate.

In lieu of flowers, Cera and Nathaniel would prefer donations in his name be made to The Humane Society Of The Tennessee Valley.

Cera has decided that Nathaniel will be cremated, and his remains will be returned to the earth, so the tree he nourishes, like him, will be a source of strength forever.

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Smith family and invites you to view and sign the online registry below.

21 guestbook entries for “Nathaniel Keith Smith”:

  1. Kristen Barnwell says:

    My deepest condolences. Thinking of you, Stephanie. Praying for you and all the family.

  2. Eileen Taylor says:

    To all of Nathaniel’s family, I just want send my deepest condolences and will pray for God to give you all strength to see you through one of the hardest thing you will ever have to endure. Be strong in your grief. Love to all.

  3. Connie Gutridge says:

    Beautiful tribute Mark. So sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories of a brave warrior.

  4. Susan Ruck says:

    MArk< I am sadden to hear about the loss of your son. My prayers go out to you and your family

  5. Myron Abeyta says:

    I love you both and will continue praying for God to comfort you in all ways.

  6. Vicki Seth Payton says:

    Vera, Stephanie, Mark, and Robyn, saying goodbye is hard, but I know God will give you the strength to carry out Nathaniel’s wishes. Praying for each of you and remembering Nathaniel and his next journey to Heaven. Thinking of you and asking God givebyou comfort as you say goodbye.

  7. Xenia Scott says:

    Jesus readily accepts you into his arms and although you will be missed more than any one can say you are at home now and pain free and walking with Jesus how much more can we ask.

  8. Betty Clark says:

    Stephanie and family! There are no words anyone can say to take your pain away. There will be memories that will make you laugh some will make you cry, but that’s ok. God cries when we cry. He laughs when we laugh.
    I am here if you need a friend to talk too. I can’t say it will get easier but your faith will get you through.
    I love you my sweet friend!

  9. Sharon Treece says:

    I can’t be there, but my prayers are with you and the whole family.
    I love you!!

  10. Bobbi Blair says:

    Nathaniel had to be the sweetest prettiest smile kind of person in this world because he belong to you Stephanie tree don’t fall apple don’t fall far from the tree I am so sorry my heart has always been with you ever since I found this out may God bless your family and you will meet that Nathaniel again Bobby Blair

  11. Aunt Joanie. says:

    My deepest sympathy to your entire family at this time. Yoy are all in my prayers.

  12. Shaylynn Thomas says:

    Stephanie, I cannot put into words how unbelievably sorry Chris and I are for your loss! As a mother myself, I cannot imagine your pain. Nathaniel was such a good soul. The heaven’s are a bit more colorful today as Nathaniel joined Jesus and the angels. ❤ Much love to you all.

  13. Keri and Drew Boussard says:

    Dear Stephanie, Mark and Cera, our hearts ache for your loss. You and all of the rest of the family now have another angel in Heaven who will forever watch over you. May you find comfort in Nathaniel’s eternal peace and in all the ways he touched your hearts and lives. We love you, Cousin Keri and Drew Broussard and your Portsmouth family. Eileen, Diane & Harry, Kenny & Betty, Kevin & Pam.

  14. Jenna M. says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort provide your family with strength during this very difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

  15. Donna Coleman says:

    Cera…I am so sorry for your lost.. I know everyone says this, but it will get better with time.
    I didn’t know Nathaniel or you except through your grandfather and FB, but you were and are wonderful children. My wishes of a happy life go with you.

  16. Bob & Carol McVey says:

    Praying God’s love sustains you through this time. Hugs are coming Stepanie

  17. E. Miller says:

    Our deepest condolences at this difficult time, may peace and comfort come from above. Psalms 4:8 ” I will lie down and sleep in peace.”

  18. Teresa Hulet says:

    Jesus said..”come to Me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest”, and He also said…”learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart”. Matt 11:28-29
    There is so much sincerity and sweetness in those words He spoke back when He walked the earth and I’m confident in saying I believe they are for us today. May you all claim and hold on to His promises here and let His gentleness , His humble heart give you the rest you need and the knowing that Nathaniel is finally experiencing that rest, joyfully, in the presence of Jesus. You are all in my prayers.

  19. Rebecca and Allan Demmer and family says:

    Nathaniel, you were the Salt of the Earth…kind, fun, intelligent, wtty, sweet, a bit stubborn.. but a wonderful young man! There are so many broken hearts who will miss you!
    We know you are now free from your pain and sickness and walking with our Lord in Heaven! Stephanie, Mark, and did a fantastic job raising him love, strong values, and guidance! I am praying for God’s love and comfort to give you peace and strength during this very sad time.. and I am praying for the same for Cera, Lonni, and the whole family! May God Bless you all! I love you all very much!! ❤️❤️❤️????

  20. Beverly Hancock says:

    I never had the privilege of knowing Nathaniel. I do however know Cera. That is enough for me to know he must have been an extraordinary person. No words can take away the pain of his loss but your love will continue throughout time.

  21. Cindy Kitts says:

    My mind has been on you all since Nathaniel gained his wings. Prayers have been going up and healing thoughts as well. I couldn’t make the service tonight Cera….but I was with you in spirit. Please know I’m here if/when you need me! Love you girl! ❤️

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