OBITUARY: David ‘Smokey’ Edens


David “Smokey” Edens, age 79 of Nashville, Tennessee passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2023.

Survived by wife Treva Matthews Edens; daughters, Jennifer Edens, Angie (Billy) Post and Kellie Hartman; grandchildren, Justin, Jamie, Lee Anne, Tim, Adam, Lindsey, Hayden, Matthew, John and Breanna; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Smokey was a beloved husband to his wife Treva for 58 years and instilled a strong sense of family and work ethic in the upbringing of their three girls. He served as a Metro Firefighter for 30 years and retired to pursue his love of fishing and woodworking.

Smokey was a history enthusiast with a deep love and admiration for Native American history. He loved to work with his hands and was very much a jack of all trades and master of many. From remodeling the family home and building their horse farm from the ground up, leatherworking to restoring vehicles and designing and building wooden furniture, there simply were not very many things that he couldn’t do if he set his mind to it. His grandkids would often say “If Paw Paw can’t fix it no one can”.

For those that knew him best, his true passion was fishing. Any day spent on the water was a good day, and he had many good days. Salt water, fresh water – it didn’t matter, fishing was fishing, and he loved it. He shared that love of fishing with his children and grandchildren and gave them a deep appreciation and love for the great outdoors.

A loving husband, father, and Paw Paw, Smokey was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled by the family and held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Joseph’s Indian School, an organization that Smokey was passionate about supporting. For more information or to donate online, please visit:


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