Smith moved from Hancock County to Morristown in 1955 at the age of 11. He graduated from Morristown High and went on to Carson-Newman and graduated from the UT College of Pharmacy in Memphis. Smith worked at a variety of pharmacies in the Morristown area and as a pharmacist at Morristown-Hamblen Hospital. He has been the owner and operator of Smith-Turner Drugstore in Sneedville since 1982.
Smith has served on a variety of boards and commissions in Morristown, including the Morristown Regional Planning Commission, Crossroads Downtown Partnership and Wellmont Hospital Advisory Board. He was elected into office to serve as a City Council Member in 2015.
Smith has been married to his wife Rowena for 47 years. He has 3 children, Regina, Katrina and Kendrick, and 9 grandchildren.