Nov. 5, 1921—March 1, 2016 Melvin Beecher Smith Sr., 94, of Pikeville, went home to be with the Lord on March 1, 2016. Beecher retired from the Highway Department as the state highway supervisor and was also a former Bledsoe County road superintendent. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church. Beecher was a life long, card carrying, member of the Republican Party. Beecher served in both the U.S. Army and Coast Guard. Beecher was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice Smith; parents, William Darius and Sarah Warner Smith; children, Gerald and Jimmy Smith; grandchild, Ivan Smith; great-grandchild, Keith Smith; and siblings, Belle Stonecipher, Oma Lee Farmer, Jack Smith, Elizabeth Pendergrass, Verlon Smith, Shirley Smith, Hoyt Smith, Billy Smith and Ivan Smith. Left behind to cherish Beecher’s memory are his children, Melvin (Charlotte) Smith, Sharon (Denny) Woodsmall, Sheila Stone, Alan Smith, Gwen (Darryl) Woodall and Angela (Phillip) Hankins; grandchildren, Gerald Smith, Dwayne Smith, Bobby (Angela) Angel, Christy (Bob) Hearne, Joann (Joey) Simmons, Monica (Ronald) Blankenship, Shauna (Nick) Patton, Marie Stone, Candy (Raymond) Reel, Michael (Jessica) Hannah, Amanda (Eric) Morgan, Adrian Hankins, Dylan Hankins, Cameron Hankins, Jim Smith, Brian Smith, Kevin Smith and Mechelle Brody; 38 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Farrell(Ethelene) Smith, Verna Franklin, Susie Godbout and Paul (Mary Lou) Smith; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends. A celebration of Beecher’s life will be held in the Pikeville Funeral Home chapel at 2 p.m. CST on Friday, March 4, 2016, with Bro. Doyle Ashburn and Bro. Milton Kerr officiating. The family received friends on Wednesday, March 2, and Thursday, March 3. Burial will be in the Beecher & Eunice Smith Family Cemetery. Pikeville Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements. Condolences can be made at www.pikevillefuneralhome.com.