Middle Tennessee Electric mourns loss of Director Emeritus Dan Smith
Middle Tennessee Electric Director Emeritus Dan Smith passed away April 10 at the age of 87. Smith served the membership in Wilson County for nearly 50 years.
“This news hurts, as we had hoped earnestly Mr. Smith would recover from this recent illness,” said Chris Jones, MTEMC president and CEO. “Our beloved Mr. Smith, leaves behind an unmatched and irreplaceable legacy, as no one loved the cooperative way more than Dan Smith. Middle Tennessee Electric and its employees past and present have lost a great champion for our cause. I will miss him greatly.”
The longest-serving board member at MTEMC, Mr. Smith’s love for the cooperative will be missed.
“Dan will surely be missed,” said Mike Woods, MTEMC board chair. “He was one of the strongest proponents of the cooperative business model and shared the attributes of the organization he loved.”
Smith, a Wilson County farmer his entire life, was a charter member of the Wilson Farmers’ Cooperative where he served on the board for 42 years. He was a founding member and director of the Wilson County Farm Bureau where he served as president for 17 years and served on the board since 1956.
In addition to his other board positions, Smith often represented MTEMC member interests by serving as a voting delegate at state, regional and national electric cooperative meetings. For more than 25 years, he served as sergeant-at-arms (and many years as the chief sergeant) of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Annual Meeting.
Mr. Smith’s stalwart loyalty to the cooperative way is an inspiration to the leadership, employees, board members and retirees of Middle Tennessee Electric.
Visitation will be at Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home, 241 West Main Street, in Lebanon, Friday, April 13 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 14 beginning at 10 a.m. Services will begin at 11 a.m. in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Wilson County 4-H Livestock Group.
Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative providing electricity to more than 220,000 residential and business members in Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford, Cannon and surrounding counties.
For more information, please contact Middle Tennessee Electric's Vice President of Communications & Member Service Robert White at 615-494-1058.