EVANS, Ga. - Mr. William Henry Smith, 83, of Brandon Wilde, beloved husband of Margaret Roberts Smith for 61 years, entered into rest Friday June 24, 2005.
Funeral services were held Tuesday June 28, 2005 at 2 p.m. at National Hills Baptist Church with Rev. Kevin Steele and Rev. Steve Murell officiating. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
A native of Atlanta, Mr. Smith was the son of the late Joseph Daniel Smith, Jr. and Sarah Howell Smith. He was a veteran of World War II. During the war, he served as an intelligence officer for the Second Calvary Regiment, achieved the rank of Captain, participated in the invasion at Normandy and awarded five Battle Stars while in the European Theatre. In 1992, Mr. Smith, retired as President of Southern Milling Company. Retirement enabled him to devote even more time to his favorite game, golf. He was the developer of National Hills Shopping Center and National Hills Subdivision. A 1942 graduate of the University of Georgia, he was the former President of National Hills Shopping Center, former member of the Lions Club of Augusta, Lifetime member of Second Calvary Association; former board member of Metropolitan State Bank; former advisory board member of Georgia Railroad Bank and Trust Company and First Union Bank, and a former director of the Georgia and Florida Railroad, Central Georgia Railroad, Southern Railway and Norfolk Southern Railway. He was a member of National Hills Baptist Church where he was a Deacon and member of the Men's Bible Class.
Additional survivors include his daughters, Elaine Clark Smith and husband Roger of Augusta, Carol Smith Holden of Thomson, Meril Smith Merritt and husband Stanley of Grovetown, and Gayle Smith Ardery and husband Vincent of Augusta; a brother Joseph Daniel Smith, Jr. of Augusta; sisters, Clyde Smith Walthour of Dallas, Ga., Clara Smith Brown of Augusta, Maxine Smith Sims of Augusta, and Beverly Smith Troutman of St. George, Fla.; grandchildren, Jason Clark of Las Vegas, , Nicole Holden Eick of Thomson, Stuart Holden of Madison, Breck Ardery, and Hannah Ardrey, both of Augusta, and one great-grandchild, Ella Raley Eick, of Thomson.
Pallbearers were Donnie Brown, Leslie Brown, Larry Brown, Duane Sims, Daryl Sims, Daniel Smith, Bradley Smith, and Carson R. Eick, Jr.
Platt's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.