John Donald "Don" Smith of Cedar Key died Saturday, January 1, 2011 in Cedar Key. He was 71 years old.

Mr. Smith was born August 24, 1939 in Dekalb County, TN the son of the late Frank and Irene Scott Smith. He was married to Janeice Marshall on June 23, 1984. He served in the United States Air Force from 1961 to 1963, serving during the Cuban Missle Crisis. He was Co-Owner of Volunteer Machine and Tool, Founder and former CEO of TN Metal Works, President of TN Solar Energy, Founder and CEO of Trutrac Painting and Sandblasting, Nashville, TN., and current owner of Cedar Key Marina in Cedar Key. He attended Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Key. Don enjoyed fishing and being on the water with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Janeice Marshall Smith of Cedar Key; two children: Gregory Shane (Melissa) Smith of Nashville, TN. Ashley (Brandon) Childs of Franklin, TN.; five grandchildren: Ethan Smith, Brody Smith, Sophie Smith, Lucy Childs, and Beau Childs; two brothers, Robert "Pete" Smith of Lebanon, TN.; and Danny Smith of Lebanon, TN. Sister, Janet Parrish of Madison, TN.

Funeral Services for Mr. Smith will be held at Avant Funeral Home, Alexandria, TN., on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 1 p.m., conducted by Rev. Catharine Regen. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery, Liberty, TN.
Visitation with the Smith Family will be at Avant Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday after 11 a.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Avant Funeral home, Alexandria, TN.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, January 15, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church at the corner of SR 24 and 5th Street.


Shannon H. Robinson, 39 of Cedar Key, passed away Dec. 19, 2010 in Jacksonville. She was born in Gainesville, FL on Nov. 12, 1971 and was a computer tech.

She is survived by her brother, Carl Robinson of Cedar Key, nieces, Callie Robinson, and Melissa Casto and nephew, K. C. Robinson.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Curley & Janie Robinson and brother, James Robinson.

Services are being planned at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, FL 32626, 352-493-0050.


Phillips, William F. “Bill”, 61 of Cedar Key, passed away Dec.17, 2010 at his home. Mr. Phillips was born in Norwalk, CT and moved to Cedar Key from Hartford, CT in 2003. He was in sales with IBM-Commercial and graduated from The Kings College in NY, with a major in Business and Economics. He was self employed for 10 years as owner of Horizons Innovative Office Aids, Inc. He and his wife, Alice, own and operate the Cedar Key Bed and Breakfast. Mr. Phillips started the Cedar Key Transit earlier this year. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Cedar Key. He loved to sail and play his guitar for the lord.

He is survived by his wife, Alice of Cedar Key, his children, Joshua & Sarah Phillips of Manchester, CT, Rebekah Phillips of Middleton, CT, Trevor Phillips of Enfield, CT, Evan Phillips of Cedar Key, FL., and his step children Brett & Madzia Cary of Wallingford, CT, Robin & Todd Pedace , April Cary , all of Willington, CT, sisters, Elizabeth Goehringer of Port Richey, FL, Kathy Wood of Marlborough, CT, brother, Charles Phillips of Boring, OR, and a granddaughter, Sophia.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Cedar Key with visitation beginning at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow at the Cedar Key Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd. Chiefland, FL., 32626 (352)493-0050.