Leroy Smith, 81, a lifelong resident of Polk County, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013 in a Chattanooga healthcare facility following a lengthy illness. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict. He was retired from Duracell. Most recently, he was a resident of Morningside of Cleveland. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Oma Jane Chambers Smith; brothers, Arnold Smith and Delbert Smith; and granddaughter, Amanda Sloan. He is survived by his sister, Delzie Blair of Etowah; children, Doug Smith of Cleveland, Cheryl Wilson of Delano, Cindy Sloan of Benton, Joe Smith of Murfreesboro and Sharon Bishop of Reliance; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Delano Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Higgins Funeral Home with the interment following. We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Smith family guest book at www.higginsfuneral.com.