East Tennessee Towing Operators Pay Tribute to Clarence SmithNov 26th, 2010 | By Editorial Staff | Category: National News, State By State News, Tennessee
Towing operators gathered on Nov. 24 to pay tribute to Clarence “Smut” Smith, a longtime tower and founder of Fountain City Wrecker Service in Knoxville, Tenn. Smith, 86, died Nov. 21 after a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer, a news report said.
Operators from across East Tennessee were expected to attend the ceremony for a procession to Lynnhurst Cemetery for burial at noon. Smith founded Fountain City Wrecker Service in 1945 and came to work every day until Nov. 15, his grandson said. Though he worked around the clock, he was never too busy to respond to a driver in need, the report said.