A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, he was born on May 16, 1943. He was the son of the late, James Floyd and Wilma Gertrude Smelley.
He was an honorably discharge veteran of the United States Marine Corps after faithfully serving his country. This was an honor he accepted with great pride.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory three siblings: Celia Darlene Lilienthal, Lexie Vandergriff and Charles Smelley; and numerous other extended family members and friends.
A memorial celebration will be held Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the Morganville Church of Christ in Whitwell at 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.
You are encouraged to share a memory of William and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Smelley family with these arrangements.